New Drama

Mary’s Babies



20 March -
13 April 2019


“I’m drawing a line and from now on we’re going to have to be completely honest about everything with each other. I think.”

Mary Barton, a pioneer of fertility treatment, thought her husband was perfect. And doesn’t every child deserve the perfect father? So Mary used her husband’s sperm to impregnate up to a thousand women, and then burnt all the records. A thousand resulting children, the ‘Barton Brood’, with no idea about their shared father. Meeting each other. Making friends. Having babies.

Maud Dromgoole’s play is based on a true story researched through surveys and interviews. Provocative, funny, and fascinating, it imagines a series of encounters between these unknowing half-siblings.

Maud Dromgoole is a writer whose plays have appeared at the Bunker, the Courtyard Theatre, the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, and Tristan Bates Theatres.

Tatty Hennessy is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg and director.


Katy Stephens
Katy has performed at Shakespeare's Globe and with the RSC.
Emma Fielding
Emma has appeared in numerous stage productions for the RSC and the NT, and has worked extensively for film and television.

Maud Dromgoole
Tatty Hennessy
Anna Reid
Set and costume design
Jai Morjaria
Lighting design
Yvonne Gilbert
Sound design
Matilda James
Casting director


“Written by the astonishingly gifted Maud Dromgoole and directed with sensitivity and wit by Tatty Hennesey.”
British Theatre
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“An absorbing look at the complicated questions raised by technology.”
London Living Large
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“A gripping premise.”
A Younger Theatre
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“A fascinating story…skilfully portrayed by Katy Stephens and Emma Fielding.”
The Stage

“Legacy of fertility clinic’s dark truth is wittily probed.”
Evening Standard

“An entertaining and very sensitive handling of a topic that goes straight to the core of our identity.”
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