Theatre Re’s BIRTH has announced a UK tour for this autumn.
Brought to life with incredible live music, BIRTH is a poignant piece of visual theatre exploring relationships and inter-generational connections.
The piece will tour the UK from September, opening at The Courtyard, Hereford.
Emily is eight months pregnant when she reads her grandmother’s journal. As she delves into the depths of her family history, its pages unveil a legacy of unspoken tragedies, courage and unconditional love. BIRTH traces the journey of three women from the same family as they discover self-acceptance, hope and strength in each other. Deftly tackling the sensitive topic of loss during pregnancy, the production explores the fragility of life.
As with all Theatre Re’s work, the production has undergone an extensive research period where those involved have also drawn on personal experience surrounding loss. They will be collaborating with charity Aching Arms whose aim is to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and to bring some comfort to bereaved parents and their families. With Aching Arms, they will present a series of pre and post show chats at various venues throughout the tour providing support and further information to audiences.
The cast features Eygló Belafonte as Emily, Vyte Garriga as Sue, Claudia Marciano as Katherine, Charles Sandford as George & James and Andres Velasquez as Sam.
The piece is directed by Guillaume Pigé with composer Alex Judd, costume and props designer Malik Ibheis, costumer maker Amédine Bello, lighting designer Dr Katherine Graham, dramaturg Tamara von Werthern, CSM, Production Manager & External Advisor Josephine Tremelling, engagement producer Hannah Bixby, external curator Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman, philosopher Dr Graeme A Forbes, scientific collaborator Professor Kate Jeffery and rehearsal director Eygló Belafonte.
BIRTH tour dates
29 September 2021
01 October 2021
08 October 2021 - 09 October 2021
12 October 2021
13 October 2021
14 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
18 October 2021
19 October 2021
20 October 2021
18 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
Company director Guillaume Pige commented: “BIRTH is a celebration of family with all its joy, pain and secrets. Throughout the development process, we unearthed the parallels between our own lives and the lives of our parents and grandparents.
“We looked at the moments that have been an important part of family life for generations and that we want to remember. We also looked at the ones we tried to forget, but that meant so much at the time and defined who we are.”