We really need your support with an important new drama project - ‘Dancing in the Wings’.
‘Dancing in the Wings’ is an original play based upon the playwright’s (Philippa Davies) own personal story of the loss of her baby girl in 2012. This theatre production aims to give an honest view of the reality of baby loss and the harrowing journey taken by thousands of parents trying to survive the absolute worst that any parent can face; the loss of their child.
“1 in 4 Pregnancies end in Miscarriage (Tommys.org)”
It is a subject that touches so many, and yet one that people feel uncomfortable discussing. Currently, there is very limited support available for families facing the loss of a child.
The play follows Rachel and Jack Bennett through their journey of infertility, their hopes and dreams of becoming parents, the tragic loss of their baby girl, and their battle to survive.
This project is supported by two charities (Ty Gobaith (Hope House) and Sands) and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board. As part of this production, we will be raising funds for Ty Gobaith (Hope House) and Sands (National Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity)
“1 baby in every 150 died before birth or before they were 4 weeks old, leaving more than 4,500 families bereaved and devastated in 2018 (Sands from ONS Statistics)”
Dancing in the Wings will be produced by a local community theatre company; Suitcase Theatre (a not for profit group), and will be directed by Christine Dukes. The production will have its first performances at Theatr Clwyd, before going on to do a small tour across North Wales and Chester in early 2020.
Performance Dates -
27th - 29th February 2020 - Theatr Clwyd (including a special first-night performance with an author’s address to the audience)
6th - 7th March 2020 - Ty Pawb, Wrexham
13th March 2020 - Galeri, Caernarfon
20th - 21st March 2020 - The Forum Theatre, Chester (The final performance is the night before Mother’s Day, and we will be following the performance with an auction of all the donated new furniture used for the set, and all proceeds of the auction will go to the 2 charities involved)
Overall aims of the play
- To raise awareness of the incredibly difficult journey that thousands of parents have to go through, along with their families, friends and colleagues and by improving the public’s understanding, enable them to receive the right support.
- To give parents the confidence to speak up about their babies and children, who they are so proud of, even though they are no longer here, and to show others that sometimes all they need to do is listen.
- To increase awareness of the great need for robust support through mainstream and third sector channels.
- To raise awareness of the need for further guidance and training for healthcare professionals who have to support parents with a terminally ill child, or a child that has passed away.
- To support the charities who do incredible work in this field, in this case, Ty Gobaith/Hope House, who have supported Philippa throughout her journey, and Sands, who do amazing work and conduct fantastic research, as well as implementing new management strategies and projects to support parents who lose their babies across the UK. Both charities will receive a donation from every ticket sold for this production.
The overall cost of the production, including the tour, is approximately £9000. The cast and immediate production team are unpaid volunteers. Donations from ticket sales will go to both charities.
Whilst Suitcase Theatre aims to fund more than half of the production costs through anticipated ticket sales, we are looking to raise around £3500 to support with the additional costs arising from the tour.
A message from Philippa Davies (Author/Playwright)
I would like to pass on my sincere and heartfelt thanks to you for considering this request for support.
On the 23rd January 2012, my daughter Sam was born asleep. Sam was one of 5 babies that I have lost at different stages of pregnancy over the last 8 years. In writing this play, and basing it on my own story and difficult journey, I want to raise awareness of the story of many thousands of parents, both Mums and Dads, in the UK alone, who have had to tread the same painful path.
I want the families, friends, colleagues, healthcare and welfare support professionals, as well as employers of these parents to have a greater awareness of the difficulties faced by so many people, in order that they are able to find the best possible way to provide support, so that neither side feels scared, uncomfortable or alone. This could mean just by listening and talking, changes in processes or further training.
I can’t fix the loss or grief faced by so many people, but I am really hoping that in some small way, my words, and this production might just make the painful journey a little less arduous for those having to travel it by increasing understanding and the awareness for a need for more support.
If you can help with any of the above requests, myself, Ty Gobaith, Sands, Suitcase Theatre and the thousands of people this play touches, will be really grateful.
With many thanks,