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By Lucy Caldwell. A 19-year-old Northern Irish student finds herself having to make a terrifying decision when she discovers she is unexpectedly pregnant.

Coralie is a nineteen year old student. It's the morning of the 30th April and she had just taken a Mifepristone pill, the first stage of a medical abortion. As she waits the 24 hours until she is due to take the second set of pills which will complete the procedure, she relates and reflects on the events and circumstances which brought her to this moment.

Set in Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK in which the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply, Mayday takes us into the mind of an increasingly isolated, conflicted, and terrified young woman who, having ordered the drugs online - illegally - fears that she, and anyone she might confide in, could face prosecution and jail if her actions are discovered.

Starring Eileen O'Higgins (Brooklyn, My Mother and Other Strangers) as Coralie, the cast also includes Anthony Boyle ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Sophie Robinson (Rebellion, Fifteen) and Imogen Doel (The Importance of Being Earnest, Whisper).


45 minutes

Last on

Fri 13 Jul 2018 14:15


Role Contributor
Coralie Eileen O'Higgins
Emma Sophie Robinson
Siobhan Imogen Doel
Teenage Girl Imogen Doel
Isobel Niamh McEnhill
Child's Voice Niamh McEnhill
Paul Anthony Boyle
Mother Annie Farr
Pregrancy Test Annie Farr
Male Politican Caolan Byrne
Father Caolan Byrne
Priest Caolan Byrne
Barista Will Irvine
Victorian Gent Will Irvine
Talkshow Host Will Irvine
Pro-Choice Website Claire De Boer
Female Politician Catriona Hinds
Old Lady Catriona Hinds
Nurse Catriona Hinds
Amnesty Rep Lynsey-Anne Moffat
Pro-Life Website Lynsey-Anne Moffat
Tearful Mother Lynsey-Anne Moffat
Writer Lucy Caldwell
Director Heather Larmour


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