Theatre503 and Ful Hue Theatre present
Being a parent. What if you’re not convinced you want to be one? What if it just didn’t happen? Introducing three plays that open the conversation about what it can mean to take that ‘other’ path.
Tick Box Other is a collection of new short plays that take a closer look at the ups and downs of considering life without children. These candid and sometimes comic accounts explore the thoughts, feelings, challenges and pressures that can arise when staring in the face of one of life’s biggest questions. A snapshot of a subject that throws up lots of questions – and doesn’t always have a definitive answer.
We’ve put this event together in order to represent the voices of people who might be grappling with the decision not to have children. Alternative stories that go a little deeper than the simplified ‘child-less’ or ‘child-free’. After all, there are a multitude of reasons and perspectives out there regarding parenthood. This evening aims to shine a light on just a few.
No Issue by Catriona Clancy
Kiera is worried. She doesn’t think she wants children. And ‘no issue’ feels like a big issue. Bullied by her Inner Critic, Kiera struggles to make sense of her own instincts, until something catapults her into finding her own voice.
Is This a Test? By Karen Reed
Is this a test? is a light-hearted look at the sometimes weighty subject of deciding whether or not to have kids. And what happens if all these thoughts, feelings and endless questions are suddenly put to the test.
Births, Marriages and Social Media by Nicola Rockhill
Tilly is wrestling with the reality of her life as a single woman approaching 40, without children. The emotional challenges she faces are laid bare as she recounts the details of an unexpected social media fallout and reflects on the events that led up to it, and the status quo of the world we’re colluding in.
This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view content information here.
Catriona Clancy, Karen Reed & Nicola Rockhill
Catriona is a freelance theatre-maker of Irish heritage. She began her career as an actor, and was also the Movement Coach for 2 seasons of BBC’s Wolfblood. Directing work includes Sheer Height’s Women Redressed Festival at Leicester Square Arts Theatre, Theatrefullstop’s Festival at the Etcetera Theatre, contemporary work at Park Theatre, Southwark Theatre, and The Bush Theatre. For five years she ran a theatre company, “Curious Cloud Productions” presenting adaptations of classic plays and devised comedy at the Brighton Festival and London fringe. She took the Playwriting Foundations course at The Arcola Theatre and her first short play 'Operation VS' was selected for the Page to Stage new writing event in 2019. ‘No Issue’ was shortlisted for the Capsule Theatre Festival in 2020.
Karen is a scriptwriter, comedy improviser and freelance advertising creative. She is a previous winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Showcase, a past pupil of the BBC Writer’s Room.
As part of comedy duo Kaz&Bone, she performed a dark and eclectic hour-long sketch and improv show called Little Anne at the Hen & Chickens and the Camden Fringe. With improv group All Made Up, Karen performed two well-received runs at The Edinburgh Fringe. She is represented by The Agency.
Nicola is primarily an actor and director, having trained and taught at the Poor School between 2005 and 2010. She was also one of the co-founders of fringe theatre company ‘Spilt Milk Theatre’, which produced new writing productions across London throughout the noughties and beyond. Nikki has turned her hand to writing in recent years. She usually writes comedy and sketches but this poignant and hard-hitting monologue emerged as the response to a new writing brief put out by Yellow Coat Theatre in 2020. Nicola’s delighted for her work to be included in this program
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