I told my mum I was going on an RE Trip...

A Contact & 20 Stories High co-production

20 Stories High and Contact are passionate about making work with and for young people, that unpicks the complexities and nuances of social topics, in an accessible, exciting and honest way. Recent examples of such work includes BLACK by 20 Stories High (interrogating racial tensions in the UK) and Under The Covers by Contact Young Company (exploring young people’s attitudes to sex).

Having worked together on projects for a decade, 20 Stories High approached Contact in 2014, with an idea for a new show - a verbatim piece about young people’s experience of abortion. Both organisations and our young companies agreed conclusively that the conversation felt important and we began to think about how we would make the piece together.

Through the generous support of The Wellcome Trust for the show, we had the opportunity to work with academic Dr Jayne Kavanagh, who is a Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow at University College London (UCL). Jayne’s experience in lecturing and researching in medical ethics supported the exploration of the scientific and moral concerns around abortion. Our research process was a rich and interesting journey, and during developing the piece we engaged with a number of other academics, DRs, religious leaders, and sexual health care providers. Director Julia was also invited to present a paper around ‘Challenging Prevalent Narratives in Debates around Abortion and Young People’ at The University of Ulster to a conference of medical professionals. Julia also visited Belfast to meet with young people and campaigners to learn about the impact the difference in law has (abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland). 



“…a vivid, clever piece that fuses tough subject matter with wicked humour and moments of pungent emotion” The Guardian

“…a joy just to hear these young women speak so openly.” The Stage

“…ninety minutes of well crafted, challenging and gripping theatre." Reviews Hub


Suitable for ages 13+
Contains some swearing and graphic language about abortion
Co-produced by Contact and 20 Stories High
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England


Created & Directed by Julia Samuels
Designer Miriam Nabarro
Musical Director Keith Saha
Lighting Designer Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Designer Jon Everett


Contact, Manchester
Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 February

Egg, Bath
Tuesday 7 February, 7pm

Battersea Arts Centre, London
Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 February

Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Wednesday 15 February

The mac live, Belfast
Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 February

mac, Birmingham
Monday 27 February

LIPA Sixth Form College, Liverpool
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 March

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I told my mum I was going on an RE trip... Photo credit Robert Day
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