Birthrights (play)

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Birthrights, David Williamson.jpg
Author David Williamson
Cover artist Design: Kate Florance. Cover image shows: William Zappa as Danny and Jacki Weaver as Heather in the 2002 Sydney Theatre Company production of Soulmates. Photo: Tracey Schramm.
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Play
Publisher Currency Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-86819-698-5

Birthrights is a 2003 play by David Williamson, published by Currency Press.[1]


At twenty-nine, Helen has a vital operation that stops her from having what she desperately wants: a child. Her younger sister Claudia gives her a wonderful gift when she agrees to be a surrogate mother. But what happens when, years later, Claudia discovers that she and her husband Martin cannot conceive and that Kelly, the child she gave to her sister, is the only baby she will ever bear?[2]

First production

Birthrights was first produced by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Playhouse, Victorian Arts Centre, on 16 April 2003, with the following cast:

HELEN DEAKIN: Doris Younane

CLAUDIA MCADAM: Maria Theodorakis

MARTIN: Peter Houghton

MARK: Kevin Harrington

MARGARET: MCADAM: Deidre Rubenstein

KELLY: Asher Keddie

Director, Tom Gutteridge

Designer, Louise McCarthy

Lighting Designer, David Walters

Sound Designer, David Franzke


  1. ^ Williamson, David. "Birthrights". Currency Press. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  2. ^ Review of original production, Sydney Morning Herald. 4 June 2003 accessed 1 December 2012
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