Begotten: the radio play

A sceptic. A paranoiac. A criminal. A migrant. A hostage.

Begotten is the 100-year history of a family, told through the eyes of five women. In Alice, Eileen, Clea, Hazel and Laoise, we see dignities lost and claimed, hearts shattered and mended, and the thread of feminine soul passed down through five generations. This powerful new work by award-winning playwright Bianca Butler Reynolds explores the changing role of women over time, the fight for female autonomy, the complexities of motherhood, and the echoes of the past that resonate in the present. These are five distinct women, but their connection to one another runs deep, and cannot be undone.

Begotten has been adapted into radio drama format specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent closure of live theatres in Australia and beyond.

Support by Anywhere Festival, UQ Theatre Festival, and That’s Not Cannon Productions.

Written and performed by Bianca Butler Reynolds

Directed by Kat Dekker

Post production sound design and editing by Siobhan Finniss

Content warning: This production contains adult themes, coarse language and references to domestic violence.