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Fair Play

53 min / documentary / 2008 / UK

filmmaker:  David Herman

Actors with learning disabilities rehearse an acclaimed play by Claire Luckham, “The Choice”, a play about abortion and Luckham’s relationship with her older brother Ben, who has Down syndrome.

Fair Play is a documentary about the production of a play and the journey of the actors whose own lives are in conflict with the characters they portray.

At The Grange in Gloucestershire England, 80 people live and work together. Half are adults with learning disabilities. The community launched a program to stage plays; last year they toured the country with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This year they are tackling a play with a far more serious and controversial theme — abortion.

Playwright Claire Luckham wrote the highly acclaimed play, The Choice, as a way of exploring her relationship with her elder brother Ben, who has Down syndrome, and her own feelings about abortion. Ben has lived and worked at The Grange for the past 40 years.

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