Kate is the woman who has it all. She’s the perfect Mum, wife and daughter until – for the first time in her charmed life – things do not go to plan. In her second pregnancy, Kate develops extreme morning sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) and, quite literally, cannot stop vomiting.

So how does all this endless purging, spewing and upchucking (not to mention the non-stop urge to spit into a bucket) change Kate’s understanding of her family, her marriage and, ultimately, her own identity? And, of all the visitors to her bedside offering tea, dry toast, and stories from her childhood, who can she really trust?

This funny, dark and joyfully disgusting “vom com” by Annalisa Dinnella takes inspiration from the playwright’s own experience of this rare and often misunderstood complication of pregnancy – also made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge. Do not try to eat while listening.

Background note:
The “classic” story of the ‘tortured child’, which is used as a framing device in the drama, first appeared in Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Brother’s Karamazov’ in 1880. The philosopher William James returned to the theme in 1891 in ‘The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life’ and in 1973, Ursula Le Guin used the metaphor as the central conceit of her short story ‘The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas’.

First Broadcast:

Friday 22nd February 2019 at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Annalisa Dinnella
Cast: Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Kate), Alison Steadman (Evelyn), Cariad Lloyd (Naomi), Teresa Gallagher (Dr Manning/Smartphone), Alex Lowe (Dan/Nurse Craig), Sean Baker (John), Kathleen Keaney (Young Kate), Lola Page (Young Naomi) & Sophie Xu (Sophie)
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Director: Karen Rose
Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child by Kathleen Emery, Shrike by Hozier, America by Razorlight, Voices Of Spring by Johann Strauss II, She’s So Lovely by Scouting For Girls & Daydreaming by Radiohead

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