e-baby is the story of Catherine, an Australian woman living in London who has everything - a husband, a career and an international life. Everything except a child.

To fulfil her dream, she hires Nellie, a mother of two and first-time surrogate living in the surrogacy friendly state of Massachusetts in the US.

Together they embark on a journey that creates and changes lives.

e-baby is the story of two iconic women - strangers with one goal.

It is a new Australian play that shines a light on a world where new life starts with an online ad.

  • drama
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 2 female identifying
  • women, gender
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 63

EXTRACT: (Nellie doing a VLOG) Hi...It's me...Nellie... Sorry...€“ got to get suppah on before Mike gets home with the boys. Some of you newbies have been asking about contracts and Selective Reduction. I just wanna say that you need to sort this out with your attorney before you sign coz stuff happens that no one ever tells you is gonna happen. Everyone says just follow your heart but it's not that easy. And make sure you check your work contracts if you're not a stay-at home mom. My boss is heavying me over all the time off I've had.

Adult themes


Female | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 9

EXTRACT: One good thing about growing older. Nobody invites you to baby showers anymore. (She inhales the smell of the dress again and then puts it down carefully.) She sighs. Sometimes I just didn't go. Made some excuse about work. (Mimics) "Oh you and Harry are so good with kids, Catherine. You should have some of your own!" “Ok Mum, just popping down to Harrod’s to pick up some kids!” "Oh should to go Marks and Spencer’s. They’ve got them on special there!"

Adult themes



Playwright Jane Cafarella joins Patricia Karvelas in The Drawing Room along with Renee Golland, a mother of three and recent altruistic surrogate for friends.



"e-baby suitably adopts a sensitive approach towards a poignant issue. With its enthralling narrative and light comic touch, the play touches upon morally heavy issues with a keen sincerity that is hard to resist."

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