How Far Apart

How Far Apart

Director's Note

With high-profile Black women such as Serena Williams and Beyoncé recently discussing their difficult birthing experiences, the medical profession's historic treatment of Black women accessing basic healthcare services is once again under microscope. Research from the University of Michigan’s article published this month in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that Black and Latina women in America are 70% more likely than White women to develop life-threatening problems during childbirth. While we have the stereotype of developing countries falling short in regards to providing adequate healthcare, what does it say when of the world’s wealthiest nations systemically fails women of colour, particularly Black women.

With a structure inspired by Thorton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, How Far Apart charts the paths of these 6 women and what leads them up to this moment. Performed by an all-female ensemble, How Far Apart explores the culture which allows for the discounting of Black women’s experience of childbirth.


We are grateful for the support of: Arts Council England, Arcola Theatre and Sheffield Theatres

We hope to secure sponsorship to realise the complete play. Contact Moji Elufowoju|Artistic Director|Utopia Theatre, The Crucible, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA +44 [0] 114 201 3837 / 07584243464