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e-baby is an utterly beautiful play … delicious and satisfying.  When an audience is effortlessly made to think, laugh and cry, a slice of the human experience is shared …  – Upstaged 



e-baby will make its Hobart premiere next March as Tasmanian Theatre Company’s contribution to the Ten Days on the Island international arts festival.

e-baby Hobart will star two award-winning Tasmanian actresses – Jane Longhurst as Catherine and Katie Robertson as Nellie – and will be directed by Anne Cordiner and Julie Waddington.

The play will be performed at the Patrick Street Theatre, 137 Patrick St, Hobart (a pop-up venue for the festival).

If you missed the Melbourne or Sydney seasons (2015 and 2016), this is your chance to catch e-baby in Hobart, along with a fantastic line up of other events. Why not book a festival holiday?

The Hobart season follows a highly successful Sydney season at the Ensemble Theatre in October 2016, directed by Nadia Tass and starring Danielle Carter and Gabrielle Scawthorn, and the world premiere at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel in March 2015, with direction and dramaturgy by Anna McCrossin-Owen, and starring Carolyn Bock and Sarah Ranken.

 e-baby is about the relationship between an infertile woman and the surrogate she hires. It’s a play about love, obsession and entitlement, told with compassion and humour.

It is the story of Nellie, 28, a mother of two living in the surrogacy friendly state of Massachusetts,  who sets out to give the “gift of life” to an infertile couple, and  Catherine, 45, an Australian expat living in London, who has everything – a husband, a career and an international life. Everything except a child.

As they share the highs and lows of pregnancy, we get to know two very different women, both of whom have underestimated the emotional impact of the path they have chosen.

Funny, touching and important, e-baby is a play about modern themes and dilemmas, which leaves audiences debating the issues long after they leave the theatre.

Ten Days on the Island was established by the Tasmanian Government in 2001 to develop and deliver a statewide cultural festival of national significance that provides opportunities for Tasmanian artists and companies to present their works to a wider audience, provides opportunities for the Tasmanian community to be exposed to national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, and assists in providing the state of Tasmania with a legacy of expert professional arts infrastructure.

The biennial festival celebrates Tasmania’s island culture and offers a platform on which to profile and promote Tasmania’s innovative, creative and resourceful character and unique cultural identity.

Ten Days on the Island brings international recognition for Tasmania and demonstrates how the arts can positively influence a community’s perception of itself and the image it projects to the world.

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