“Gripping… a memorable and moving look at nature and nurture and what family really means.” —The Times
“Gripping... raise[s] a whole series of questions about class, race and nature versus nurture... I found myself hanging on every word.” —Guardian
Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter, Ellie. Until a DNA test reveals staggering news. Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.
How can an accidental mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.
Sam Potter’s funny, heartfelt and compelling one-woman play asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth. It was premiered by Papatango at the Arcola Theatre, London, in 2018.