Following their premiere at the Royal Exchange in October, the seven B!RTH plays written by seven international female playwrights are now available for use, royalty free.

Emma Callander, Creative Director, B!RTH, tells us more.

I am delighted to announce the release of the BIRTH plays for educational organisations, charities and NGOs to use as tools to raise debate in communities, classrooms, lecture halls and conferences across the world.

These plays are an instrument for energising indivials and their connection with society as a whole - Mukesh Kapila, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester.

These 7 plays, written by leading female playwrights from Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Syria, UK and the USA, all tackle the issue of global health inequality by examining their own country's practice of childbirth.

I think art brings the narrative alive and helps people to see the issue in a different way so I think it’s important we use this media to win the hearts and minds when we’re tackling big issues - Jacqueline Dunkley Bent, Head of Maternity NHS England.

Birth control, medical intervention, choice, climate change & global responsibility are are a selection of the questions explored by these plays that were created to encourage debate and education.

I can imagine sections of the plays being used in anti natal education and education of student midwives - Mavis Kirkham, Emeritus Professor of Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University.

The BIRTH website is packed full of stories, opinion, research, and reflection on global birth practice and also follows the creative process of the BIRTH plays. Hear more about you could use these unique theatrical tools.

BIRTH is a great example of how theatre can be used to make a difference in people's thinking, their education and the world - Shami Chakrabarti, Human Rights Lawyer.


Please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to apply to receive the plays and resource pack. I look forward to seeing all of the inspiring and ingenious ways these plays are used across the world.

Emma Callander, Creative Director of B!RTH