Orchid by Mũmbi Kaigwa: Birth Festival, Manchester, UK

Mũmbi’s play, Orchid, had its premiere at the Birth Festival in Manchester, UK on Thursday, 20 October, 2016, with a repeat on Saturday, 22 October.

Between 2016 and 2019, the play was also seen and read at the following:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva.

The Wellcome Collection in London.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre of Maternal and Newborn Health (LSTM).

Liverpool John Moores University during a discussion on fistula with final year midwifery students.

The Global Women’s Research Society Conference (GLOW Conference), it followed by a panel debate about Fistula and healthcare for women.

The European Congress in Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH).

Following the performance at ECTMIH, there was an expert panel debate under the heading ‘Are health systems failing to meet the needs of women’. The panel was comprised of two Fistula experts (Seth Cochran, CEO and Founder of Operation Fistula and Gillian Slinger from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)) and two LSTM team members Mary McCauley (who have conducted research in Fistula and works within the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH)) and Sally Theobald (who researches public health systems and has considerable experience working around women’s health issues).

Click on the link below if you would like to use the play “Orchid” to teach, or to learn more about maternal health issues in Kenya:


Watch an excerpt of the final play as well as two actual interviews that were included in the play…

Orchid by Mũmbi Kaigwa (5 minute excerpt):

Sabina Nyabiako:

Mary Mumbi: