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Media Release: Mis{s}Conception

A Play About Infertility

Feminist Theatre Collective presents a play about Infertility

The Clitlective presents a new work about the challenges of infertility in modern times. Based on a true story, the play follows Chloe, a successful twenty-something whose life has gone perfectly to plan until she tries to get pregnant. Offering a humorous but empathetic insight into pregnancy in modern times, Mis{s}Conception follows the story of one woman's attempts to get pregnant, trying anything that might help – including even phallic fertility statues.

This project explores the problem of infertility in modern times, an increasingly pertinent issue for women as many choose to have children later and often face difficulties as a result. The topic of infertility is particularly relevant for co-writer and performer Ania Upstill, herself the product of In Vitro Fertilisation in its early days in the late 1980s. Says Upstill, “My mother had a very successful career and was ahead of her time in many ways, including the choice to have children in her late 30's. Only in recent years have I realised how much work my parents had to go through to have my sister and I, and that those difficulties are increasingly becoming the norm. Infertility can be a highly fraught, leaving women feeling vulnerable and incapable even though they are successful in other areas of their life. I hope that this play helps facilitate discussions about infertility and lessen the shame associated with it.”

Mis{s}Conception offers a sympathetic look at infertility and conception through Chloe's experiences. Will she or won't she? Or will she just go crazy trying?

This Clitlective production follows the success of The Vagina Monologues in April 2013. Performances will be at 128 Abel Smith St on February 20th - 22th at 6:30pm, running about 1hr long. All performances are koha entry, and places can be booked by emailing with a name and the number of tickets required. For more information contact Ania Upstill at 0223181037.

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