★★★★ - ‘funny, heartrending, thought provoking, troubling. Bravo!’ - Playhouse Pickings

A new play about sisterly love and what it means to ‘become a woman’.  

It’s 2005. Christmas. Chloe is thirteen and has awoken to find puberty has come knocking in the night for the first time. Not exactly the bloody Christmas present she asked for. But at least her older sister Jamie is there to help her unwrap all the additional baggage Santa dropped off on his way through.

It’s 2010. Currently living far apart but still as close as ever, Jamie’s worried about Chlo. In her own experience, throwing up from pain straight after sex is (thankfully) pretty damn unusual. So why does her beloved younger sister breezily chat about it like it’s perfectly normal?

Baby Box is a heartwarming and comic exploration of the wonderfully dysfunctional relationship between siblings.

★★★★ -‘Baby Box is hilarious, touching and will make you appreciate the highs and lows of womanhood’ - Love London Love Culture


This heart-warming and darkly humorous new play focusses around two sisters, Chloe and Jamie, and their experiences surrounding endometriosis - a medical condition affecting 1 of 10 women in the world, where cells similar to those lining the womb occur outside of the uterus yet keep their behaviour of shedding and bleeding.

Despite the fact that endometriosis is such a common disease, it still takes on average 7-8 years to be diagnosed, as female pain (especially when linked with sex, genitalia or periods) is just not taken as seriously by the medical profession. Responses often include 'use more lube', 'it's all in your head' or (our favourite) 'just wait until you have children, you'll be too busy to be in pain'.

Baby Box uses these preconceptions to question society’s response to chronic pain, and to explore the intricacies of unconditional sibling love.

Baby Box is running at York Theatre Royal’s TakeOver festival in October, and is currently in planning stages for a national tour.



Playwright: Laura McGrady

Director/Producer: Helena Jackson

Production Manager: Josephine Shipp

Set Design: Sorcha Corcoran

Sound Design: Rachael Murray

Lighting Design: Simisola Majekodunmi



Chloe: Sarah Cullum

Jamie: Laura McGrady



Praise for Sleepless Theatre: 

The List - ‘A blast of intelligent and challenging energy”’– ★★★★★ Threeweeks - ‘One of those Fringe gems you’ll remember for years...Mind-blowing’ -★★★★★
British Theatre Guide - ‘captivating’ - ★★★★
Fringe Guru - ‘A must for those who like theatre at its most adventurous’ - ★★★★