Don't forget - a brand-new play starring Tom Felton is coming next month

Don't forget - a brand-new play starring Tom Felton is coming next month

Posted on: 09 May 2024

Early next month, an extraordinary journey through history comes to Bristol Old Vic: "A Child of Science," a captivating new play by Bruntwood Prize-winning writer Gareth Farr.


In just a month, from June 5 to July 6, audiences will have the opportunity to witness the groundbreaking story unfold on the stage of the UK's longest continuously running theatre. "A Child of Science" sheds light on the remarkable achievements of Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards, and Jean Purdy, whose pioneering work in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF) revolutionized the world. Despite their groundbreaking contributions, these individuals remained largely unknown to the public – until now.


A Child of Science comes to Bristol Old Vic early next month, Wednesday June 5, and will run until Saturday July 6. Matinees will be performed on Thursdays and Saturdays.



The absolutely stellar cast includes Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series), and acclaimed actors such as Sonoya Mizuno, who appeared in La La Land, House of the Dragon and Ex Machina and The Crown’s Meg Bellamy. Directed by West End luminary Matthew Dunster, the play promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.


Gareth Farr's gripping narrative explores the challenges faced by these unsung heroes as they navigated societal stigma and ethical dilemmas while striving to fulfil the dreams of families struggling with infertility. Their perseverance ultimately led to the birth of the world's first IVF baby, marking a pivotal moment in medical history.

"A Child of Science" is more than just a play; it's a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the power of innovation to overcome adversity. With its stellar cast, compelling storyline, and genius creative team, it’s no doubt going to be a production for the ages.


To see this breathtaking new work in action, head to the Bristol Old Vic website for tickets.


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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at