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New BBC play tells story of young mum with epilepsy

Tune into BBC Radio 4 on 1 June at 2.15pm for Louise Monaghan's new BBC drama, Slipping through Time, about a young mum with epilepsy.

The lead role of Izzy is played by Game of Thrones star Ellie Kendrick, above.

Louise Monaghan has drawn on her own experience of epilepsy to write the play but has also spoken to Epilepsy Society supporters to research the full impact of living with seizures.

Speaking at Epilepsy Society's conference in March, Louise said: "This is the first time I have written about epilepsy and my producer was very keen for me to explore other people's experiences beyond my own.

"Epilepsy Society put me in touch with a young mum, Sarah, who had talked to me about her epilepsy, pregnancy, birth, labour and new babies.

"She said she was told not to breastfeed after having her first child. By the time she was told she could, it was too late. I was very shocked by this, but I found Sarah very inspirational."

Game of Thrones' Ellie Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick told Epilepsy Society: "Louise Monaghan makes Izzy a very real and complex human being with a really relatable story.  Although the play is structured around her epilepsy, she is by no means defined by it.

'The gift of an actor is to be able to live someone' else's life for a while and I really wanted to get this part right. When you are dealing with real issues that affect people's daily lives, issues that are under-represented, it is very important for me to feel I have done a good job."

Women and epilepsy

Epilepsy Society's content manager Nicola Swanborough said: "Louise's play is a great way of bringing epilepsy awareness to a new audience. I think it will really help to show people that the impact of epilepsy can reach far beyond the convulsive seizures that people tend to know most about.

"Epilepsy can have a very specific impact on women during pregnancy and on mums who live with seizures. This play tackles both issues in a very informed and realistic way."

If you miss the play on Thursday, you can always catch it on BBC iPlayer.

Find out more

Read or listen to Louise Monaghan talking about Slipping through Time.

Ellie Kendrick explains how Slipping through Time has given her a very different perception of living with seizures.

Women and epilepsy

Find out about how epilepsy can affect women, particularly during pregnancy.

Make sure you are taking the right medication for girls and women of childbearing age