Lily is 23, young, free and single and waiting for her life to start, but she’s hit a bump. Bump is a tale of some of the awkward encounters and nauseating moments that make up a girl’s life. Meet Lily and hear her story as she confronts her choices in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. Bump is a visceral and fast paced one-woman show exploring the journey of childhood to womanhood. BUMP&GRIND are a recently established Irish theatre company.
BUMP&GRIND present this new work in response to the global abortion debate on the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act in the UK, and in light of the recent UK coalition and abortion rights debates in Ireland. Abortion in Ireland is illegal unless it occurs as the result of a medical intervention performed to save the life of the mother. Bump presents the audience with the opportunity to hear the story of a woman who has decided to have an abortion. A woman who is from the UK. A woman who will not face any legal consequences for her decision. A woman who does not take this decision lightly.
We’re introduced to Lily as she openly relives with us all the awkward encounters that go along with growing up as a young girl, a teenager and a young adult. Personal accounts are of vital importance within this debate. Bump presents us with an unflinching personal account to portray a detailed account of a human being in this situation rather than a statistic. The right to abortion and the questions of bodily autonomy that come alongside it are not an issue exclusive to Ireland. Many low-income families in the US are currently experiencing major concern over their access to the services provided by Planned Parenthood, and the reproductive rights of Northern Irish women and women in the UK have recently come under the spotlight in the wake of the formation of the new UK coalition government.
Bump aims to engage the diverse, international audience of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Assembly Festival in a conversation about abortion rights and bodily autonomy sparked by hearing Lily’s story. Throughout the course of the show Lily weaves between different narrative caveats, sharing stories that create different relationships between herself and the audience. We learn about her first time, her mother, her contraceptive choices, her sexual attraction to her osteopath and how she ended up in that waiting room. In the places where she draws us in to the most personal moments, Lily’s language becomes a spoken word style verse that taps into her stream of conscious.
Bump is co-devised by Rosa Bowden (Two-time winner of the ISDA for Best Director in 2015 & 2016, former UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar.), Rosa Torr (trained with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company London for a year in workshops and repertory performances in both London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, former UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar) and Cathal Sheerin (directing credits include: On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr, The Cordelia Dream by Marina Carr, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (adapted by Cathal for the stage from a short story). Cathal held the position of treasurer of UCD Dramsoc in its 89th Session and is part of the Abbey Theatre Front of House team.). The production team boasts ISDA Winner for Best Lighting Design, Shane Gill, Kelley Gissane (former Artistic Intern at Dublin Theatre Festival, former P.A. to the Director at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Smock Alley: Smock Generator Creative Producing Graduate) as producer and Ailish Toal (current Auditor of UCD Dramsoc) as Associate Producer.
Venue: Assembly George Square Theatre, The Box EH8 9JZ
Time: 13:40 Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 04th – 28th August. Preview 3rd August. No show Mon 14 August and Mon 21 August
Tickets: Preview 3 August £8; 4-6, 9 & 10, 15-17, 22-24 & 28 August, £10. 7 & 8 £11 (2for1). 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August, £11.
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