Mission Abort

One in three women in the UK will at some point choose to terminate a pregnancy. Worldwide, the number is one in four. Mission Abort is the important story about the human being behind the choice.

Strong opinions on the legislation around female reproductive rights are voiced on a daily basis; Mission Abort “breaks the taboo around abortion with flare and gusto” (Ed Fest Mag) by telling the story of one woman’s actual experience – from discovering she is pregnant, to making the decision, following it through and getting on with life afterwards.

Described by The Scotsman as “an honest and emotional journey which is necessarily bittersweet”, this explosive one-woman play invites the audience along for a laugh-cry rollercoaster journey – asking the big question: how can a choice that is so right be so hard?

Mission Abort saw its world premiere at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing at Gilded Balloon’s Rose Theatre venue to great acclaim:

“Masterfully executed, Mission Abort tackles the taboo around abortion and makes the important point that it’s an issue that society should no longer be ashamed to address” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“…a very mature, honest, human take on the still largely taboo topic of abortion […] In equal measure tragic and humorous, Ramstedt lands a beautiful, powerful performance.” ★★★★​ Fringe Guru

Theatre
1hr 00m
Network Theatre
07 — 08 Feb 18:15
£11.50
15+
18:15
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About the company

Therese Ramstedt is a versatile writer, singer and performer who has worked across a myriad of art forms including film, theatre and music – as a performer, producer and PR – with venues including Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall and also at the Edinburgh Fringe and in her native Sweden. Between 2012-2015, Therese co-founded and ran theatre company Annan Teater for which she wrote plays, performed and composed music. Humour and song are at the heart of her performance-making, and alongside her own creative work Therese performs extensively as a singer. In 2017, she collaborated with artist Young In Hong providing and creating music for her performance pieces 5100: Pentagon at the Royal Academy of Arts and The Moon’s Trick at the Korean Cultural Centre London.

Therese also works with leading alternative choir London Contemporary Voices, as part of which she has collaborated with artists including Laura Mvula, Nitin Sawhney and Imogen Heap, and features on the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Press & Reviews

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"Masterfully executed, Mission Abort tackles the taboo around abortion and makes the important point that it’s an issue that society should no longer be ashamed to address” ★★★★

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Fringe Guru

“...a very mature, honest, human take on the still largely taboo topic of abortion [...] In equal measure tragic and humorous, Ramstedt lands a beautiful, powerful performance." ★★★★​

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Voice Magazine

“Mission Abort is a courageous and deeply moving show [...] brilliantly acted and incredibly emotive." ★★★★​

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Ed Fringe Review

“Impressively, ‘Mission Abort' navigates the important divide between the personal and the political” ★★★★

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The Scotsman

"An honest and emotional journey which is necessarily bittersweet" ★★★​

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