Born in Nottingham in 1968, Whittington has led a life of intense devotion to the world of theatre, writing over 30 plays and has thus reached a fine reputation, with her work being often featured and performed in numerous theatre companies and her most famous work, Be My Baby, reaching a level of fame.
Whittington began such a career as a freelance journalist for things such as the Nottingham Evening Post and Society but swiftly went on to begin her work in the realm of playwriting, winning various awards such as the Best Series award in the BBC Audio Drama Awards for ‘D for Dexter’.
Be My Baby
A poignant drama about attitudes to teenage pregnancy in 60s Britain.
Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19, unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent to a Mother and Baby Home in the north of England by a mother intent on keeping up appearances, Mary.
Along with the other girls in the home – has to cope with both the shame and the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not. Despite this – and an overbearing matron – the girls’ youthful effervescence keeps breaking through as they sing along to the girl-group songs of the period.
Be My Baby was first performed at the Pleasance Theatre, London, in November 1998.This edition includes new scenes added for several successful revivals of the play.