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WATER CHILD

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On Jeannie’s 40th birthday, she has much to be proud of and more to look forward to. Having built a successful career, she and husband Mark are finally ready to start the family they have been planning for years. After a few false starts, the baby they have dreamed of will soon be a reality… or will it?

What is simple for some proves much harder for others. The couple's unexpected journey forces them to question things they have held onto for many years, drawing in friends and family, who all have views of their own…

Water Child chronicles the struggles of one couple’s deepest desire to be parents, exploring what it means to be family when ‘having it all’ is touted as de rigeuer for the professional couple of the 21st century.

"The work is fictional, but [Wood's] examination of the impact fertility problems have on wives and husbands and the reactions of people around them is one that will move the hearts and minds of those who see it... this is a rewarding look at a generally unspoken subject."—Ken Longworth, Stage Whispers

"The play is cleverly written with engaging dialogue that still smuggles away loads of wit in hidden pockets. As a debut from local playwright Emma Wood, I rate it."—Culture Hunter

Best New Play, at the City of Newcastle Drama Awards (CONDAS) (2012)

  • naturalistic drama
  • 120
  • 5 total
  • 4 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • women
  • 18+
  • adult, teen, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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INTERVIEW: WATER CHILD: LOCAL PLAY PREMIERES

STAGE WHISPERS, 2011

"How late is too late to start a family? When is it time to say ‘enough’? ///Water Child///, a new Australian play by CONDA and Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Award winning actor Emma Wood, which premieres at Newcastle Theatre Company from March 3, explores these controversial questions and more."

ARTICLE: MISCARRIAGE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NEWCASTLE STAR, 22 FEBRUARY, 2012

Short preview article regarding ///Water Child/// by Emma Wood.

REVIEW: WATER CHILD

CULTURE HUNTER, 12 MARCH, 2012

"We are swept into the lull of the ever-swaying biological timepiece. As it oscillates through we see the alternative experiences and maternal trials of the supporting cast. The fecund, the single mum and the life choice says no approaches to the topic with the catalyst being Jeannie's miscarriage."

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