A Clinic Too Far
Please note, this play contains adult language and topics unsuitable for young children
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th November 2021 @ 19:30
Sunday 7th November 2021 @ 15:00
Director - Stuart Marlow
Cast (in order of appearance)
Parkeeper/Magistrate 1 - Jeff Book
Dr Else Kienle - Gerrit-Milena Falker
Kara/Pat - Ruth Armstrong
Birgit/Christelle - Hayley Letori
Trudie/Lynne - Aybike Kolmas
Magistrate 2 - Donald Phillips
Starting and ending in 1970s New York, A Clinic Too Far is a fictional drama, which pays tribute to the life and work of émigré German doctor Else Kienle.
This play explores her 1931 imprisonment at Stuttgart Gaol, where she had been falsely accused of "unlawful action in promoting family planning, sexual hygiene for all, and legalized abortion where there were life-threatening circumstances."
About the imprisonment of Else Kienle
Else Kienle carried out illegal commercial abortions, and she was reported anonymously in mid-December 1930. She was arrested on February 19, 1931 together with the doctor and writer Friedrich Wolf . Else was held in solitary confinement and was questioned on a total of 210 cases, for several hours each day. On March 21st, she started a hunger strike. On the morning of March 27th, due to the lack of food, she passed out for a long time. After refusing to be hospitalized, and after many phone calls between the examining magistrate and the chief prosecutor, she was released at 4:00 pm the next day due to incapacity.