Emily Steel

Theatre & Performance

19 weeks

19 WEEKS is a new play for Adelaide Fringe 2017, written by Emily Steel and directed by Daisy Brown. It will be performed by Tiffany Lyndall Knight in the swimming pool at the Adina hotel, 1-18 March.

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Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion or lost a pregnancy – even if they don’t talk about it.

In 2016, playwright Emily Steel had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. 19 weeks tells her story, honestly and publicly, because there are so many more stories out there.

19 weeks will be an intimate show with an audience of 20. It will be sad, funny, familiar and surprising – not self-righteous or guilt-ridden, but complex and true. Our audiences will be invited to sit by the pool, put their feet in the water, and listen.

Some (perhaps surprising) statistics: Up to 1 in 3 Australian women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Up to 1 in 5 confirmed pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Up to 1 in 6 Australian couples struggle to get pregnant at all. These experiences are common, but we rarely talk about them.

We hope that in making 19 weeks we can help people feel less alone.

We want to open up a space where we can talk more freely and find more empathy for each other.

As part of the 19 weeks project, we are building a website where people can post their own stories and read those of others – stories about pregnancy losses, abortions, infertility and other isolating experiences.

Why fund us?

We’re a small, independent production. We’re keeping ticket prices as low as possible so that anyone who wants to can come and see the show. In developing 19 weeks, we’ve had support and feedback from the Pregnancy Advisory Centre and SAFDA (Support After Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality).

Local arts organisations have given us rehearsal space for free, and we’re very grateful to have received funding from Arts SA and the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, which will cover artists’ fees, venue hire, set, props and costume.

But we still have a few more costs to cover:

We need to pay for our website.
We need to pay for our marketing and publicity.
We need to pay for boring but essential things like insurance.
We need your help.

For more information please go to 19weeks.com

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Emily Steel

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Cardiff

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Emily Steel is originally from Wales and has lived in Adelaide since 2010. 

Her work includes: Rocket Town (Adelaide Fringe 2011 inSPACE award); Sepia for RiAus (Adelaide Fringe 2012 Tour Ready award); The Clock for ActNow and RiAus (schools and communities tour); Man in a bag for AC Arts and Polygraph Collective; Impersonal Space with Company AT, an autistic theatre ensemble; an adaptation of Ben Jonson’s Volpone for State Theatre Company of South Australia; and Frank and the Bear, Bite and Boom Boom for BBC Radio 4. 

She has taught playwriting for actors at AC Arts, led writing workshops in schools for Riverland Youth Theatre and worked with Country Arts SA on their Change & Adaptation program with communities and health services.  She trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and completed the Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, London. 

Her new show 19 weeks will be presented as part of Adelaide Fringe 2017, with the support of Arts SA and the Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund.  She is also writing and performing Rabbits, which will be the State Umbrella show for 2017, presented by Steel & Brown in association with STCSA and Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSpace development program.

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