A Womb of One's Own (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

A Womb of One's Own

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

If there were ever a title to prompt knowing smirks from almost anyone who hears it, it is this one. In Wonderbox's four-handler, a young woman goes to university in pursuit of, among other things, sex. She gets more than she bargains for however, when she discovers that she has become pregnant.

Abortion may be a less controversial topic in Edinburgh than it is elsewhere, but it's certainly no easier to make a comedic show out of it. Nevertheless, Claire Rammelkamp's script does a good job at making the show funny without being flippant or excessively dark.

What elevates the show is the dynamic ensemble: they each play various versions of the protagonist as she undergoes freshers week, starts university, and discovers love. They are perfectly synced, and Rammelkamp herself shines with her Miranda Hart-esque goofiness.

As refreshing as it is to see a show that is sex-positive, female-driven, taboo-breaking, and queer, A Womb of One's Own does not add much to the conversation. It is fun, feminist theatre. It has its fair share of political digs at the support for abortion in the UK, and cheap jokes about arts students and coffee. Aside from some uncomfortable references to drinking and smoking whilst pregnant, it ticks all the boxes for a progressive, entertaining play.

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug (not 22), 2.50pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

A Womb of One's Own

  • 3 stars

Funny, clever and politically challenging play about a university student who faces unwanted pregnancy.