• Amy Toledano

A Womb Of Ones Own presented by Wonderbox and Pleasance Theatre

Image courtesy of Greta Mitchell

What Is It?

A Womb of Ones Own follows the history of a teenage girl and her first sexual experience at university, followed by her unexpected pregnancy.

What Is It About?

Baby Girl is raised by her Grand-Mammie and Great-Aunt in a extremely Christian and repressive household. Sexuality is not a subject to be talked about, unless followed up with things like “you will go to hell if you touch yourself”. Despite masturbating often, she has never had a sexual encounter and she believes that her entrance to university will be her passport into sex and freedom. As the students arrive on campus during Freshers Week, Baby Girl goes to parties, drinks and meets new people. On one particular evening, she has a one night stand in which loses her virginity with a guy from a pub who she will never see again. After this she continues with having new sexual experiences, such as the queer relationship she has with Miranda, another young girl. They joy that Baby Girl feels is quickly ruined when she finds out she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion. Dealing with these issues by herself, she takes from her lead from Google research, to make her final decision.

How Did It Make Me Feel?

This show encompasses feminism, the female body and comedy in a light way and shines a light on a still, taboo theme. The piece is well delivered by the four actors (Carla Garrat, Claire Rammelkamp, Danica Corns and Larissa Pinkham) who all play the protagonist at various point, and also play the ensemble characters. A Womb Of Ones Own gives the audience facts but also shares important insights into what it is like having an abortion, how it can be a really lonely and terrifying experience and also, how common a experience it is with one in three women in UK having an abortion by the time they are forty-five. The audience leaves the show questioning why it is not a subject matter spoken about more often. Sometimes the piece takes the simple route, not pushing the audience to think particularly deeply and feeds into stereotypes, such as with the character of Grand-Mammie, although nothing compromises the true message of the play.

Anything else?

It’s a pleasure to watch a female company discussing what is often viewed to be a dark issue, and present it in an intimate and refreshing way.

Manu x

A Womb Of Ones Own played at the Pleasance Theatre until the 23rd November 2019.

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