From me to us?

From me to us? By Wayne Steven Jackson is part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s season Wild Times which is available to stream between the 10th-16th of May 2021.

As the world around us is evolving and laws change to adapt to our new ways of life. These laws incorporate lifestyles, all family dynamics and scientific developments. It’s only when we stop to take a look back that we can see how these past changes have made a huge impact on our future lives. Jackson weaves his story between the past and present to explore how these changes unbeknown to him changed his life in significantly.

On January 3rd 2019 section 54b of the surrogacy act changed, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 came into force and introduced s.54A into the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, which permitted applications for a parental order to be made by a single applicant. This law provides the axis in which the entire story revolves around.

Jackson’s performance tells the story of “Adam” who uses the law to adopt his two children from a surrogate birth. Previously this could never have taken place. In simple terms if the law had remained unchanged it would have allowed the surrogate Mother to always be the child’s legal guardian.

Introduced as an “incomplete story of fragments, past and present” alerts the audience to be prepared to listen closely to what you are about to hear. However, by the time Jackson, reaches the end I felt that section of the journey to be completed and life could continue to move forward.

From Me to Us is an extremely thought-provoking beautifully presented performance by Jackson. Which has been formulated with warmth and deep heartfelt compassion.

If you would like to catch this digital performance please check out the tour details below. I would certainly recommend taking an hour out of your time to watch Jackson’s performance and become educated in a section of surrogacy law, that I knew nothing about.

Four Stars

CREDITS Written and performed by Wayne Steven Jackson

Music composed by Chris Benstead Videography by Ben Horrigan for Studio 91

Media Supported by Arts Council England.

SOCIAL MEDIA#FromMeToUs #WildTimes2021

#PWYCTwitter: @waynesjackson @battersea_arts BAC

Instagram: @batterseaartscentre BAC

Facebook: /batterseaartscentre LISTINGS Title: From Me To Us Artist: Wayne Steven Jackson Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, digital performance

Available to stream any time between 10-16 May 2021. Price: Pay What You Can (Suggested Price £6) bac.org.uk/whats-on/from-me-to-us

Season booking bac.org.uk/wild-timesBox Office: 020 7223 2223 Age guidance: N/A                        Running time: 1hour.

From Me to Us goes on digital tour in June 2021. Norwich Arts Centre 17-23 May 2021. norwichartscentre.co.uk

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 31 May – 6 June 2021 http://www.thelbt.org/

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