When Emily Steel found out she was carrying a baby with Downs Syndrome, she and her partner had to make one of the most excruciating and controversial decisions. Then she wrote a play about it. A searingly honest, bare to the bones play that talks about fertility, pregnancy, termination and choice in a way that women are taught not to.
Set in a swimming pool, Daisy Brown (Director) and Tiffany Lyndall Knight (Performer) have brought to life Emily's script in a highly innovative and emotive way.
As Tiffany weaves her way in and out of the pool she tells Emily's story. There is nothing hidden, no names changed, no details left out nor embellished. Following her termination, Emily made the choice to be open about her decision, to not keep it from anyone, to not hide from her decision or anybody's judgement. And when she did, other women opened up to her. About their choices, their pregnancies, the times they didn't have a choice. And from this opening up of conversation, Emily created 19 Weeks.
This play will probably make you cry, and it will probably make you laugh, and it will definitely make you think. It is not easy watching, but it's a must see.
19 Weeks is showing at the Adina Apartments basement swimming pool for the Adelaide Fringe until March 19th. The season is currently sold out however people wishing to see the show are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the waitlist and hear about additional shows and seating options.
19weeks.com has been established as a collaborative hub to share Emily's story and for other women to share their stories.