“If you are going to do it deliberately, you have got to put the standards rather higher than normal.”
Pioneer of fertility treatment Mary Barton thought her husband was perfect. So perfect, she impregnated between 500 and 1000 with his sperm. Protection of donor rights and family secrecy has left very few of the “Barton Brood” aware of their heritage. Drawn from a tiny social set many of then went on to meet, maybe fell in love, maybe made babies of their own.
Our play tells their stories. Rhiannon Neads and Deli Segal play many unknowing half-siblings, confronting ideas about genetics, heritage and family.