In-vitro-fertilisation (IVF) is not a subject one would immediately think suitable for a comedy but Lucy Russell’s ‘STUFFED’ has caught the eye of the theatre world and has been selected by the award-winning Jack Studio Theatre to run in London for two weeks this month – taking in International Women’s Day.
Lucy wrote her play during 2015 and 2016 while on her lengthy train commute from Brixton before graduating with an MSc in Occupational Therapy.
She said: “The play is designed to break down the barriers that often prevent people talking about fertility, and is loosely based on my own experiences of IVF and career change.”
Lucy worked in advertising for ten years before retraining as an Occupational Therapist. Her master’s research project was focused on ‘Career Change after Adversity’, and she hopes the play will help others facing fertility challenges, and their friends and family, feel better equipped for the journey.
Lucy said, “The NHS estimates that 3.5 million people in the UK are currently facing fertility issues yet discussion on the topic, while no longer taboo, is fraught with anxiety and superstition.