Donor (2018)

by Stephen Lee Rees

Two couples: Mike and Elaine, Jess and Bex both want to start a family. Mike and Elaine are looking to cement their relationship with a child of their own but are having trouble conceiving and so they put their faith into the hands of a fertility clinic, however, when Elaine becomes pregnant with donated sperm, the strength of their relationship is not as solid as it seemed.

Jess and Bex are looking to start their own family and take advantage of their best friend Liam, who is also gay, to assist and go through the process of achieving parenthood. They all get so wrapped up in the excitement of a new addition that they soon realise that Liam wants to be more than just a Donor, and as the boundaries and legal issues haven’t been properly thought out, this puts a strain on their own relationship and questions the strength of their friendship, shedding light on the real reason for wanting a baby.

This play will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions and explores their lives as well as the life of the donor.

Reviews

“The play revolves around the many aspects, for and against, that can cause relationship problems following IVF treatment and similarly those that can occur following being a sperm donor. The research and understanding that must have gone into writing this play was so much in evidence throughout and resulted in what was an incredible, insightful piece of dramatic theatre. It had its twists, turns, unexpected outcomes, tears, drama by the bucket load and somehow Stephen managed to get some humour in there as well.” Joyce Handbury reviewed the play for NODA. You can read the full review by clicking on the link: here.

Cast List:

Robert Peach as Liam

Jamie Brooks as Mike

Louise Jenkins as Elaine

Veronica Jones as Jess

Kayleigh Jayne Winchester as Bex

with

Andrew Barlow as The Consultant, Alyson Koe as the Woman, Kerry-Ann Roe as Judith and Jane Wilton as the Citizens Advice Bureau Volunteer.

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