A Womb of One's Own

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
  • 14:50
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Wonderbox and the Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes, scenes of a sexual nature, strong language and other partial nudity.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'Grandmamie, if no one touches my boobs before I’m 21 I’m going to explode all over the net curtains.' Babygirl is 18 and has just discovered sex, despite her Catholic upbringing. Just when her university life of drinking, partying and bisexual excitement begins, she discovers she's up the duff. Funny, clever and politically challenging A Womb of One's Own follows Babygirl on her journey of self and sexual discovery, exploring the emotional rollercoaster that is an unwanted pregnancy and asking why it’s still such a taboo. Previous praise: ***** (BehindTheArras.com). **** (LondonTheatre1.com).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Wheelchair and level access via lift at rear of bar — reached via ramp at the rear of the venue. Speak to staff or Box Office for lift access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 23 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
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  • Additional information: For more information please contact the venue

Be aware that this show features:

  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

E J 104 days ago

Must admit I was in two minds about watching this.
In some ways it related to me, in a huge amount of others not so much
A single narrative story about abortion:-
The events leading up to it, the complications it provides, and why you should never feel lonely while doing it.
The comedic timing in tune with the sound made this a good show to watch.

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A Younger Theatre (3/5 stars) 79 days ago

Raised by her devout Catholic Grandmamie and Great Aunt Mildred, Babygirl’s Irish roots make for a comedic tour de force. Fuelled by sexual frustration, she is on the road to “independent womanhood” – a snap decision to attend university becoming less about book-smarts and more a hunt for the birds and the bees.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

THE IRISH REFERENDUM debate of 2018, which opened the way for safe and legal terminations of pregnancy in Ireland after centuries of prohibition, seems to have sent a shock-wave through the younger generation of women in Britain, as they reassess the culture of shame and silence that still seems to...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Part party, part PSHE lesson and part coming-of-age rom-com, A Womb of One’s Own is a heartfelt love letter to women’s bodies everywhere. Four women bounce on stage in their matching nightdresses and what follows is an educational uplifting comedy about abortion. Despite the heavy material, Wonderbox’s new Fringe show...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

A brave, sensitive production that smashes taboos...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

Leave decorum at the door and expect taboos to be smashed to pieces...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

Theatre company Wonderbox’s debut show is a coming-of-age and a coming-out story in which a young woman at university gets pregnant after her first sexual encounter. Just as she’s starting to explore her sexuality and go on dates with girls, she’s having to make a decision about whether to keep...

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The List (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

A lively and modern coming-of-age play about teenage pregnancy...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

If the titular reference to Virginia Woolf's long essay makes this sound at all academic, then back up. This play from the four-strong female case at Wonderbox wears an important message—about abortion—with fun, wit and lightness, but is no-less hard hitting for that. One in three women in the UK...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Despite a great deal of progress regarding women’s liberation, the topics of sexual freedom and reproductive rights still remain a taboo for many. A Womb of One’s Own is a show that seeks to make inroads into that discussion. Babygirl, who is just about to go to university, has been...

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North Westend (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

A Womb of One’s Own is a touching and heartfelt piece of theatre by a very promising young group of actors. Their clever use of humour and physicality is incredibly engaging and is an effective juxtaposition to the sincere moments. This is a skilfully crafted show which should be seen by young men and women to spark conversations and start breaking down the social stigma of sexual activity and abortions.

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 103 days ago

If you are in the mood for fun youthful humour, cheesy music and a strong societal message then allow Wonderbox to take you on this fast-paced, coming-of-age journey through a Womb of One’s Own.

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