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A Child of Science

5 Jun - 6 Jul @ Bristol Old Vic [ Theatre ]

A Child of Science

In 1978, Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards, and Jean Purdy changed the world as we know it – and most people don’t even know their names.

Bruntwood Prize-winning writer Gareth Farr’s brilliant new play tells their pioneering story, and those of the army of women from all over the UK whose immense bravery helped them achieve the impossible – to create human life in vitro.

Faced with fierce criticism and hostility, and hounded by the media for “playing God”, trials were kept largely under wraps. But their determination to give hope to the thousands of families struggling to conceive eventually led to one of the most remarkable medical breakthroughs of our time: the birth of a baby girl and the creation of IVF, a procedure which has supported the birth of over 12 million babies worldwide over the last 45 years.

Directed by the highly acclaimed West End director Matthew Dunster (Hangmen, 2:22 A Ghost Story, Shirley Valentine) and starring Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Jamie Glover (Waterloo Road, Casualty), Meg Bellamy (The Crown), Adelle Leonce (Fool Me Once, Black Mirror), Sonoya Mizuno (House of the Dragon), and more, A Child of Science is about determination, dreams, hope, and courage. It’s a celebration of life.

Flyer information for A Child of Science

Performers, Hosts & Artists

Adelle Leonce Margaret / Nurse 2

Amy Loughton Nurse Annabel / Mrs Sharpe / Molly Rose

Bebe Saunders Ruth Fowler / Anne / Lesley Brown

Bobby Hirston Trevor Isherwood / Newspaper Seller

Everal A Walsh Dr Willis / Dr Gaskell / Mr Turner

Gruffudd Glyn Alan Carter / Doctor

Jamie Glover Patrick Steptoe

Meg Bellamy Jean Purdy

Saikat Ahamed Doctor

Sonoya Mizuno Lillian Lincoln Howell / Sheena Steptoe / Deborah Atkinson / Pope John Paul I

Tom Felton Robert Edwards

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