Absurd Person Singular at the Abbey Theatre

Absurd Person Singular at the Abbey Theatre

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Abbey Theatre

Holywell Hill

St Albans


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A charity theatre performance in aid of The Human Milk Foundation

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This play is a wry, dark, very funny social comedy. Although set in the 1970s, there is still much of relevance to present day attitudes. He turns a mirror on the audience, but makes them laugh, sometimes guiltily at themselves. In the course of the action, we visit three very different kitchens on three Christmas Eves, where three couples each hold a drinks party, and like so many parties, the main action is in the kitchen. There is a fourth, awful couple & their dog, but Ayckbourn’s genius is that he keeps them firmly offstage so that we hear them now and then and imagine the horror of being at a party with them.

While following the ups & downs of the three couples’ fortunes, we see how they deal with snobbery, mental illness, status and an obsession with money and even so, the laughs keep coming.

About the Human Milk Foundation

The Human Milk Foundation is a local charity based in Harpenden which provides donor human milk to sick premature babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units including Watford General, Luton & Dunstable hospital and The Lister. Much like donated blood, donor human milk can be life-saving for premature babies. A condition called necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) - a complication of premature birth, kills more babies each year than childhood leukaemia. Human milk protects babies from developing NEC, so if mum is unable to produce her own milk donor milk acts like a medicine to protect the baby. You can watch more about our work in the video below.

Milk donors are recruited in the same way as those who give blood. All donor milk is pasteurised at the Hearts Milk Bank in Harpenden before being checked by microbiology to ensure it is safe and then stored in specialist freezers. The milk is collected and delivered to NHS hospital neonatal intensive care units and mums at home by SERV 'Blood Biker' volunteers.

Currently, due to lack of funding to UK milk banks, donor human milk is a scarce and precious resource and only the tiniest and sickest babies are able to access it through the NHS. It doesn't need to be this way. We believe that in the same way as donated blood, donor human milk is a human right and every baby who needs it should have access to it. Our aim is to raise enough funds to be able to scale up and make this a reality.

The charity provides specialist lactation consultant 1-1 support to parents who receive donor milk to help them to be able to feed their babies with mum's own milk wherever this is possible. They are also leading ground-breaking projects in the field of human milk.

Every pound we raise will help us to be able to save more babies' lives and give families hope. Thank you so much for your support. To find out more please visit our website: https://humanmilkfoundation.org

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