Seymour Centre and Stories Like These present

My Private Parts: An Inside View of Fertilisation

By Deborah Thomson

31 October - 17 November

Deborah couldn't wait to get her buns in the oven...

My Private Parts
tells one woman’s true story of trying to get up the duff as the biological clock ticks. Sex with her hubby is swapped for science as a whole new journey involving masturbation rooms and daily injections begins. It’s a candid and satirical romp performed by two luscious ladies, with original songs and a live band. They uncover the hilarious, naughty, truly moving and largely untold ups and downs of dealing with the IVF fertility treatment.

My Private Parts is part of the 2012 Reginald Season

Cast & Crew

Writer: Deborah Thomson
Performers: Deborah Thomson & Lucy Miller
Directors: Brendon McDonall & James Beach
Musical Director: John Short



Stage Whispers:


Jason Blake:!/2012/11/review-my-private-parts.html


Elissa Blake, Sun Herald:

This warm and funny musical comedy, about the trials of trying to conceive a baby through IVF treatment, brings with it an unexpected thump to the heart.  For most women, IVF is a grieving process.  There isn’t a lot to laugh about.  But here, Deborah Thomson and her offsider Lucy Miller successfully share the absurdities of the invasive medical procedures and the accompanying emotions.  Both dressed as ’50s housewives in polka-dot frocks, they use Celine Dion, Doris Day and the Supremes, as well as their own songs, to keep the story bouncing along.  Not all the jokes work. Some scenes are too long. But, overall, the show is surprising, informative and doesn’t sugar-coat the reality pill for women – andmen – living with the heartache of infertility.

Q&A Tuesday 13 November

The performance of My Private Parts on Tuesday the 13th of November will be followed by a Q&A session with the writer and director of the play who will be joined by Dr David Knight and Dr Sonya Jessup.

The Q&A will be an opportunity for audience members to get an insight into what process Deborah Thomson followed when writing My Private Parts and to also ask questions of two IVF doctors who happen to have been successful in their quest for children through the IVF program. Hosted by Helen Tonkin the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and also hear them talk about their experiences with IVF.

The Q&A will commence shortly after the conclusion of the performance and will be held in The Reginald theatre on the set of My Private Parts. The Q&A is expected to run for 45 minutes. Any members of the public are free to attend the Q&A.



James Beach – Director (answering questions directly relating to putting on the performance)

Deborah Thomson – Writer (Answering questions directly relating to IVF experience and writing the play)

Dr David Knight – Doctor and a person who has gone through IVF with his wife successfully.


Medical Director, Fertility Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Dr Knight has a history of innovation. He is a pioneer of Mild Ovarian Stimulation in Australia. He is one of Australia’s most experienced fertility specialists. He is committed to a patient-centred approach. A leader of a state-of-the-art clinic that continually strives to maximise patient well-being



Dr Sonya Jessup – Wife of David Knight a doctor and someone who has gone through IVF successfully.

Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist

Dr Jessup’s background is in gynaecology and surgery and she offers her patients a holistic approach to women’s health. She comes to Sydney having built a successful practice in Brisbane and offers over 10 years IVF experience. Her practice was largely built through word of mouth and she knows that the greatest reward in IVF is satisfied patients. She is an experienced practitioner of Mild Ovarian Stimulation (MOS) the effective, less intrusive technique pioneered in Australia by Demeter Fertility’s Medical Director.

Hosted by Helen Tonkin – Actor and MC.