How far would you go to have a child?
e-baby – a story of our times
Have you ever wanted something so desperately that you will do anything to get it?
That’s the position that Catherine, the protagonist in a new Australian play, finds herself – along with thousands of infertile women in Australia and across the world.
Catherine’s story is portrayed in e-baby, a new Australian play about one of the hottest issues of our times, proudly supported by the City of Stonnington, and which will premiere at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne from 4-15 March 2015.
Initially developed by director and dramaturge Brenda Palmer, who directed a reading at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne in August 2014, e-baby shines a spotlight on a world where new life can start with an online ad.
Director – Anna McCrossin-Owen
e-baby is directed by Anna McCrossin-Owen, who has directed for Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Full Tilt at the Arts Centre, Essential Theatre Shakespeare in the Vines Aust/NZ tours and Victoria State Opera, including new Australian writing, monologue, Shakespeare, comedy, opera and music theatre.
Her company inthecompanyofpleasure is known for its productions of Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, which was performed in the lounge rooms of Victoria and NZ from 1999-2004.
Anna is also an award-winning voice and dialect coach receiving a Victorian Green Room Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, she works locally and internationally as a professional voice/dialect coach for film, TV and live performance and a voice and presentation coach for News Media/Business, as well as a theatre director and drama coach
Anna consults to film and TV companies in Australia, Los Angeles, New York and Europe. She conducts one-to-one dialect coaching and whole-cast coaching for actors in film, television, theatre, music theatre and animation at her studio, in pre-production, on-set and via Skype.
As well as directing and providing dramaturgy and dialect coaching for e-baby, Anna’s is also currently working on Z for Zachariah, About Time (Working Title), Focus (Will Smith film) and was most recently she has worked on VCA and PSA graduation plays.
Anna also coaches journalists and presenters in the news media (in Melbourne for Fairfax Digital The Age Video), and lectures business leaders and in the higher education sector.
Anna’s background as a working professional actress, a singer, a trained voice and speech teacher and a theatre director contribute to her depth of skill and expertise in coaching performers, presenters, lecturers and business people.
Playwright – Jane Cafarella
While current events about baby Gammy in Thailand have brought surrogacy to the fore, the seeds for this play were sown back in 1988.
In those days I was a journalist, writing for the Accent pages of The Age, and was one of the first to interview Maggie and Linda Kirkman, who made history when Linda carried a child for Maggie.
My interest was further fuelled in 2005 when I met a woman whose two children were born via surrogacy. Intrigued by her story, I spent hundreds of hours reading posts from surrogates and intended parents via online communities.
I found myself drawn into a world with its own language and rules and which challenged the definition of families and motherhood.
It is this world I have tried to portray in e-baby.
While the characters are fictional, the story is based on real events that occur in surrogacy every day.
For more information about me, please go to the About page.
Carolyn Masson – CATHERINE
Carolyn has worked extensively on stage and screen.
Television roles include Neighbours and Bed of Roses. Theatre credits include The Scare (La Mama), The Life I’d Like to Have (La Mama), This is What Happened (Australian and Malaysian Tour), Sylvia Plath - The Girl Who Wanted to be God, The Stairs are Moving (La Mama),To Convoke, Marj’s Torchbearers (Cromwell Theatre) and Mayhem in Milan (Comedy Festival).
Film Credits include Experience the Knowing (2015),Vanished and Godplex, and various music videos including Kylie Minogues’ I was Going to Cancel.(2014)
Short films include A Long Time Coming, A DIY funeral (Silver Award Winner, Las Vegas Film Festival 2011), Cinderella and Momento Mori (an Australian period film) and Taking Out the Trash directed by multi award-winning director Jessica Barclay Lawton (Top 40, 2014 Tropfest)
In March this year she performed in the Melbourne Fashion Festival Arts Installation Event Imagining Chanel – A Salon Fashion Show, sponsored by Virgin. Most recently, she can be seen on television talking about Coles Mastercard.
Sarah Ranken – NELLIE
Sarah graduated from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy (BAPA) in 2008.
Since then she has worked on a number of theatre productions, including Uncle Vanya, directed by Laurence Strangio at fortyfivedownstairs.
Sarah has also been involved in various film and television productions. Recently she completed the television series Leongatha and the feature film Plague.
Sarah continues to train with Howard Fine and his associates at the Howard Fine Studio Australia and Kerry Armstrong at 16th Street.
Design – Matilda Woodroofe
Lighting – Siobhain Geaney
Talking about surrogacy…
A free panel discussion on infertility and surrogacy will be held on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 6.45pm, following the 5pm show, involving experts from both sides of the surrogacy debate.
For further information contact Jane on +61 3 408 880 185 (Australia), +65 9227 7417 (Singapore) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-baby will have its Australian premiere at CHAPEL OFF CHAPEL – THE LOFT
4 – 15 March
Preview: Tuesday 4 March & Wednesday 5 March
Wednesday – Saturday, 8pm, Sunday 5pm
Tuesday 10 March and Saturday 14 March, 2pm matinee
Prices: $40 full, $35 concessions, $30 group 10+, $30 preview (+ transaction fee)
Duration: 90 minutes
Seating: General Admission. Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted. If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000.
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A NEW LIFE JOURNAL ON LIFE MATTERS
For those who asked, here’s the link to the interview with Natasha Mitchell on the ABC Radio National Program Life Matters about my book A New Life Journal.
The book is a compilation of the columns I wrote about our family life for The Age, Quality Time Magazine, and Life Matters and on my blog. It was launched at Readings, Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, by former Age Editor and founder of the Eureka Report and Business Spectator, Alan Kohler on August 4.
If you would like to buy a copy of the book, please contact me here.
It is also available through Amazon or other online book stores. I published the book through Partridge, a division of Penguin as a gift for my daughter’s 21st birthday and my son’s 29th, and for those Age readers who were original fans of the column – and for the next generation of mothers.
Feel free to review it or to alert me to any reviews.
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Journalist, cartoonist, editor, playwright – and mother
I am a Melbourne journalist, cartoonist and trainer and playwright with 36 years’ experience in metropolitan and suburban newspapers, the government and community sectors. (See section About Me for further info).
During that time, I have worked as a reporter, sub-editor, section editor, columnist, cartoonist, publicist and journalism trainer.
I am well-known and respected as a writer who can be both accurate and entertaining, and who can write to specific markets and deliver on time.
I specialise in translating complex documents into plain English and am passionate about helping people communicate more effectively.
Check out my Services page for a complete run down on the writing services I offer and for my CV.
I live in Singapore but offer my services world-wide.
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