Last year I wrote a 30-minute play called Hatch about baby abandonment in South Africa. I was inspired to write about it after I discovered that ‘baby hatches’ (metal containers in walls where mothers can abandon their babies safely and anonymously) still exist. My fascination and horror compelled me to investigate the circumstances of the baby abandoners and the situations in South Africa that are generating this problem. Through my research I learnt a lot about the harrowing issues South African women face and their limited choices. These issues are not made visible to the world enough, which is why this play is a particularly important story to share.
Although South Africa’s issues are deeply engrained in my play, it is mostly about the journey my characters have been on and how they impact on each other because of their different lives and personalities. At its core, my play is about two women who cross paths at their most desperate, critical moment in time - outside the baby hatch.
All of the money raised in the production of this play will be going to a charity called 'The Door of Hope' - a charity in Johannesburg that look after abandoned children that come through the same baby hatch that my play is set outside of. I aim to raise at least £600 pounds in the production of this play to give to this wonderful charity.
Please help me to reach my target of £350 to put on this play for a good cause!