Danica Corns brings home her new comedy, A Womb of One’s Own, following its sell-out debut in London.
A Womb of One’s Own is a superbly humorous dark comedy that follows university student Babygirl as she navigates her way through new-found independence and not-so-steamy sexual encounters only to board the emotional roller coaster that is an unwanted pregnancy.
Danica, from Wednesbury, developed the show after co-founding her own theatre company, Wonderbox, earlier this year with fellow actresses from the National Youth Theatre.
Producing, writing, and performing their own original work, the Wonderbox team is keen to demonstrate how young women are capable of ‘running the show’.
A former member of Stage2 Youth Theatre in Birmingham, Danica comments: “We all know acting is a tough industry to break into – and I’m not the sort of person to just sit around and wait for auditions to come in – so I decided to form my own theatre company as a way to stay creative and take control over my own career.”
Choosing Birmingham for their first regional performance, the twenty-five-year-old explains: “We have dared to take on the taboo subject of abortion in our first original play, but have done so in an amusing and insightful way. The journey leading up to the accidental pregnancy is injected with familiar scenarios of university life and coming of age which both men and women will identify with.”
Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who), saw A Womb of One’s Own in London this February and commented: “I loved this. Skill and daring from a really promising young company”.
A Womb of One’s Own sees Babygirl grapple with crotchety grandparents, unsympathetic hospital staff and uncertain religious beliefs in a show that is at times irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny, while also underpinned with a serious message.
The Wonderbox ladies hope their play will open up a dialogue about the subject, playing an educational role as well as providing entertainment.
A Womb of One’s Own visits The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham on Wednesday 10 May.
Tickets are £10 and available at oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-o