Scene News: Water Child

Did you know that one in six couples struggle with fertility? Familial fractures, pain, loss and the desperate need for a child are the bases of award winning play, Water Child, by Australian playwright, Emma Wood, and directed by Kris Weber, opening September.

Jeannie and Mark are dynamic, intelligent and capable. Their marriage is happy and balanced, their careers bloom. They are successful, confident, fulfilled. Or that’s how it appears. But unlike family and friends, who have effortlessly brought children into the world, they have not.

Jeannie’s 40th birthday, a night planned for celebration, leads them to an abyss which threatens to engulf them and all they have built together. Family and friends weigh in with well-meant but not always well worded advice – but what to say when no one knows why you can’t do what everyone else can? And when it’s too hard to talk about it at all? And how do you prevent two people who are mired in shame, sorrow and panic pushing you away?

One in six couples struggle with fertility. And yet the subject remains taboo. Award winning Australian play Water Child offers a rare glimpse into the myriad of difficulties faced by so many – and talked about by so few. Emma Wood’s Water Child is a very personal journey that is written with both humour and pathos.

Kris Weber is an actor and director in the Melbourne theatre scene whose recent productions include: Killing Jeremy, The Dixie Swim Club, The Other Place, Almost Maine and Death and the Maiden. Kris is extremely honoured to be directing Emma Wood’s Victorian premiere of Water Child.

Emma Wood is an award-winning playwright, actor and director whose lifelong passion for theatre has extended to acting, directing, and writing plays. Water Child was born of personal experience and a growing awareness of the widespread but often silent suffering of those who struggle with fertility. Another motivation was to write strong and passionate roles for women of all ages. She is pleased to bring back Pawprint Productions, a company she and her husband created in Ballarat in 2005, producing four successful productions over their two years there.

Water Child was produced by Newcastle Theatre Company where it won Best New Play in 2012 at the City of Newcastle Drama Awards. The following year saw a return season and tour to the Adelaide Fringe.

8 PERFORMANCES ONLY! Directed by Kris Weber

When: Opening Night: Friday September 1 at 8pm Saturday September 2 at 2pm and 8pm
Wednesday September 6 at 8pm Thursday September 7 at 8pm
Friday September 8 at 8pm
Saturday September 9 at 2pm and 8pm

Where: Crossroads Uniting Church: Corner of Duncans Road and Synnot Street Werribee.
Tickets: $25.00 Full / $22.00 Concession

Cast: Marti Ibrahim, Travis Handcock, Gabriella Mazzarino, Rachel Clayton, Stephanie King.


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