The Stage Performance
‘I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. Trip’ was originally created by as a stage show by Contact and 20 Stories High in 2016, and provides a frank view of how abortion is viewed, provided and talked about.
Fifty interviewees from the UK and abroad provided the stories, experiences and opinions that make up the show, with health professionals, women, men and young people on all sides of the debate. This includes experience from girls and women living in Northern Ireland, where abortion was illegal at the time of the original performances.
The stage show toured venues across the UK between February and March 2016. You can see the original trailer for the performances here.
The TV Adaption
Shortly after, theatre professionals Julia Samuels and Contact’s own Roxanne Moores joined forces with film director Lindy Heymann to develop ‘R.E. Trip’ as a BBC/Arts Council England commission. It was first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2017.
The stage performance and film both used a technique called ‘recorded delivery’. The actors listen to the real recorded interviews through earphones and repeat the words as they hear them, bringing the audience as close to the truth behind the words as possible.
As part of BBC’s season of Culture in Quarantine, which is providing a whole range of new and previously broadcast arts programming during the Covid-19 restrictions on live events, ‘I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. Trip…’ returns this April 2020 on iPlayer alongside their ‘Performance Live‘ series.
You can watch the performance online right now here. (Please remember, you’ll need a TV Licence in order to watch iPlayer).
You can also watch a clip from the televised production on the 20 Stories High YouTube channel here.