How we breed covered in Seed

17:00, Jun 24 2014
Elisabeth Easther
BABY TALK: Writer Elisabeth Easther and actress Alex Ellis team up for poignant play Seed at The Basement theatre.

Reproduction is a tricky business.

Some women struggle to have children, while others are desperately unhappy to be pregnant.

The 2014 Adam Play Award-winning drama Seed, follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant.

The multi-narrative play was written by Pt Chevalier resident Elisabeth Easther.

"Breeding is so personal," she says. "I can be really good friends with people and still not know if they don't have children by choice - and I'm certainly not going to ask them - it's totally cool if that's their choice."

Easther penned the play last year but it's an idea that started "germinating" in her head in her 30s.


"Everybody I knew was either trying to get pregnant, or being pregnant when they didn't want to be pregnant and others who said it's not for them."

The characters have been inspired by friends, women Easther knows and herself, she says.

"There's a part of me in all of them. I want people to go away from this play and have a real good chat - it's starting this dialogue because people can see themselves in these characters."

The play allows for four strong female leads.

"Men often seem to dominate the story. As an actor a lot of the time you'll look at a casting list and go ‘oh awesome, a whole bunch of men, a couple of young women and a grandmother'," she says.

"You don't get to do cool stuff - it's ‘here's the tea tray' or you're nagging or something, but these women are actually completely in charge of the story."

Actress Alex Ellis plays a single woman named Virginia, a midwife in her late-30s who is desperate for a child.

"I'm surrounded by all of my friends who have kids and I don't have any, and so it is there all the time and it's the same for Virginia - she's watching people have babies all the time," Ellis says.

Seed shows at The Basement until Saturday.

Go to or phone 361 1000 for tickets.

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