Play: Bodies by Vivienne Franzmann

20 February 2017


“We should have brought a gift.”

“We’ve brought a gift. It’s called 22 thousand pounds.”

Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.

A global transaction over nine months that offers ‘a lifetime of happiness’ to all involved.

“What do you think will happen to a baby girl in India that nobody wants?”

Vivienne Franzmann’s previous work at the Royal Court includes Pests and The Witness. Her new play Bodies will be directed by Jude Christian (Lela & Co.).

Wed 5 Jul – Sat 12 Aug

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre

Tickets from £12. General booking opens on Wed 22 Feb at 10am.


Radio: Controlling people

17 October 2011

BBC World Service, available indefinitely as a podcast or listen online via the iPlayer

From the programme’s website: “The world’s population is due to reach seven billion people this year, and by around 2050 it could grow by yet another two billion.

Using India as an exemplar, Professor Matthew Connelly of Columbia University, New York, documents a global campaign that began with the best humanitarian ideals, but which led to authoritarian control over some of the world’s poorest citizens.

He uncovers a story of tragic mistakes and sometimes terrible human rights abuses, and shows how we will be living with the consequences for decades to come.”

Radio: BBC World Service ‘Womb for Rent’

1 August 2011

BBC World Service, broadcast in July but available to listen online and as a podcast

An interesting documentary on surrogacy in India including extensive interviews with an Irish commissioning mother and her Indian gestational surrogate. A BBC news article includes links to the stream and the podcast.

TV: surrogacy

31 May 2011

True Stories: Google Baby

More4, 31 May 2011, 10.00-11.45pm, available after broadcast on 4oD

From the programme’s website: “An Israeli entrepreneur is proposing a new service: pregnancy producing. His customers can select sperm and eggs online, with surrogacy outsourced to India. But what are the ethical and moral implications?”

From the Radio Times: “We open with the least romantic birth scene you’ll see this year. In India, a woman lies impassively as a C-section is carried out; while stitching the patient up, one of the doctors is on the phone, organising another birth. The woman is a surrogate and the room is part of a baby farm, full of women who bear children for a living. Elsewhere in this drab, disturbingly matter-of-fact film, we meet a man who conducts his international surrogacy business using Skype, a never-quiet mobile and a suitcase just big enough to hold a nitrogen flask of frozen embryos. Then there’s the American egg donor, injecting herself with potentially carcinogenic fertility drugs. The miracle of life suddenly seems very creepy.”

Radio: commercial surrogacy and parental orders

19 May 2011

BBC Radio 4, World at One, 19 May 2011, available until 26 May 2011 via the iPlayer: item starts at 23.05.

Mr Justice Hedley spoke to the World at One about the recent UK/Ukrainian commercial surrogacy case: Re IJ (A Child) [2011] EWHC 921 (Fam).

Seminar: Modern alternatives to the traditional family: International Perspectives on Third Party Reproduction

11 October 2010

Monday 8 November 2010, 6pm to 7pm, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

ROBERT T. TERENZIO, Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio, Orlando, Florida, USA. and,
MRS. SOUAD DREYFUS, Managing Director,  Open Arms Consultants. Inc , Bradenton, Florida, USA.

Free, all welcome.  If you wish to attend RSVP to

Radio: the law governing surrogacy on Women’s Hour

19 June 2009

On Women’s Hour today, Jenni Murray discussed the UK law governing surrogacy, and in particular, the difficulties faced by a commissioning mother in obtaining maternity leave prior to the transfer of parental responsibility to her.