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Mercury Young Company

Mercury Young Company work in partnership with Tamasha, The Belgrade Theatre and Pilot Theatre to bring new writing to the stage. Two of Satinder Chohan’s plays, Made in India and Half of Me, come to the Mercury Theatre for a weekend of new writing inspired by issues of diversity and globalisation, starring former Mercury Company member Gina Isaac.

Mercury Young Company, Tamasha and The Belgrade Theatre in association with Pilot Theatre present two plays, Half of Me and Made in India, at the Mercury Theatre on Friday 24th February and Saturday 25th February 2017. Written by Satinder Chohan, who was last at the Mercury Theatre with her play KabaddiKabaddiKabaddi back in 2012, these two new plays explore the often controversial world of IVF and surrogacy through two very different stories.

Satinder Chohan said of Made in India:

“I felt compelled to write a play with surrogacy at its heart as it is such a controversial subject loaded with conflicting emotion, culture and politics.”

Made in India is a thrilling new play about motherhood and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new world set in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat. The cast includes Gina Isaac, who last performed at the Mercury Theatre as Brenda in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 2014, alongside Syreeta Kumar and Ulrika Krishnamurti.

With support from Tamasha, the Mercury Young Company have worked on Chohan’s second script, Half of Me, a poetically-written piece about the often unheard experiences of young people born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).

Filiz Ozcan, the Mercury Theatre’s Participation & Young People’s Director and Director of Half of Me, said:

“ARTs are a relatively new but fast moving field of science, which means we are all increasingly likely to meet someone born this way.”

These shows will run on Friday 24th February and Saturday 25th February at Mercury Theatre.

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