A Compelling Story about Ethics and Reproductive Technology in World Today; Made in India, a New Play Which Explores the Issue of Commercial Surrogacy through the Eyes of Three Different Women, Is Making Its World Premiere at the Belgrade Theatre This Week. Writer Satinder Chohan Reveals Her Inspiration

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A Compelling Story about Ethics and Reproductive Technology in World Today; Made in India, a New Play Which Explores the Issue of Commercial Surrogacy through the Eyes of Three Different Women, Is Making Its World Premiere at the Belgrade Theatre This Week. Writer Satinder Chohan Reveals Her Inspiration


Byline: Satinder Chohan

|What inspired you to write Made in India? I was applying for the Adopt A Playwright award and had less than 24 hours to find an idea before the deadline. Reading through newspapers for ideas (always an excellent research tool), I read a shocking article about a white, middle class English woman who paid an Indian village surrogate to birth her baby and had described her surrogate as a ''vessel'.'.

With my Indian village roots, the surrogate could have been any number of my female relatives or, if my parents hadn't emigrated to the UK, even me.

The story was loaded with so much conflicting emotion, culture and politics, I knew I had to write a play around the situation, to explore and understand its fertile terrain. I submitted the idea, won the award and began writing the play!

|What makes this play so relevant now? When I began the play, commercial surrogacy was rife in many countries. During the writing process, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia introduced surrogacy bans. In India, the ban feels like a nationalist reaction against global neoliberalism and a right-wing government trying to realign India with traditional family values. The play is a topical lens through which our changing global and local political landscape is filtered. It's a compelling story about gender, economics, reproductive technology and ethics that continues unfolding across nations in the real world.

Made in India explores medical ethics, business ethics, the reproductive rights of women, economic justice and social justice. | |Why is theatre the right medium to explore these issues? Actually, I think these are issues and a story that can be told and explored effectively in any medium, whether it's documentary, fiction, film or television.

Theatre is an effective medium because it allows the interwoven stories of the three women to take centre stage, in one distilled, live and immediate emotional, political, dramatic space.

| How has the play developed through working with artistic director, Fin Kennedy? I would write a draft and then we would have the most brilliant, searching, synergistic dialogues about the play that went on for hours!

We did this intermittently for about three years - discussion, draft, feedback, discussion, draft, feedback etc. …

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