Nina Raine's play Stories is a drama about a single woman in her late thirties who is determined to have a child. It was first performed in the Dorfman auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 18 October 2018 (previews from 10 October).
The play starts with the forty-year-old Anna, a theatre director, having a brief encounter with Felix, an acquaintance who has agreed to donate his sperm. The action then backtracks to explain why Anna broke up with her boyfriend Tom, and to show her arguing with her dad about the merits of online sperm donors. She then embarks on her own journey to see if any of her male friends are prepared to father a child.
An author's note in the script states that 'Many of the characters are doubled – and this is partly the point.'
The National Theatre production was directed by Nina Raine and designed by Jeremy Herbert. It was performed by Claudie Blakley (as Anna), Sam Troughton (as Felix, Tom, Lachlan, Danny, Corin and Rupert), Brian Vernel, Stephen Boxer, Thusitha Jayasundera and Margot Leicester. The Girl was played by Sylvie Erskine, Beau Gadsdon and Katie Simons.