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Rightfully Mine

4 Extra Debut. Unable to carry her own child, Amy convinces her mother to act as her surrogate. Stars Kath Howden and Shauna MacDonald.

Ella Hickson is one of the brightest young stars of the British new writing scene. She is currently Pearson playwright in residence at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Of Ella's second stage play 'Precious Little Talent' the Sunday Times commented:

'Of the young female playwrights sparkling in the West End, Ella Hickson shines the brightest... this fresh, ardent play suggests that it's writer, Ella Hickson, has a wide-open future'.

In 'Rightfully Mine', Ella Hickson explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter and asks what rights raising a child gives you - do the things you do for your children really come for free?

'I suddenly wonder whether the best thing you can ever do for your child is not to sacrifice anything for them, to live, almost in spite of them - that way you'll never hold it against them - you'll never feel that they owe you anything...'

Twenty six year old Amy is desperate to have her own child, but a teenage illness and subsequent operation has made it impossible for her to bear her own. Her last resort is to ask her fifty year-old mother, Celia, to act as surrogate. A favour which Celia gives freely, and Amy is afraid to receive.

Celia: Kath Howden
Amy: Shauna MacDonald
Paul: John Paul Hurley

Written by Ella Hickson
Directed by Lu Kemp.

45 minutes