'No Kids' on tour
London theatre news: Monday 17 December 2018
LGBTQ+ - Off-West End - Shows - Tours
Written, directed and performed by George Mann and Nir Paldi, No Kids will be on tour from 24 January and at Battersea Arts Centre from 5 to 23 February 2019.
Image (c) Alex Brenner, Ad Infinitum
George Mann and Nir Paldi, co-artistic directors of theatre company Ad Infinitum, are a real-life couple trying to answer a question many people face.
In No Kids they stage their discussions around if, when and how to have children.
Every consideration - adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth - brings with it a succession of ethical challenges.
All set to a lively Madonna soundtrack, the couple veer between memories of their past and visions of their future as they consider who their child might become and how their own childhoods will affect their parenting.
No Kids is an energetic and provoking piece of physical theatre which heads to Battersea Arts Centre and tours the UK fresh from its hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Here's the trailer ...
Nir Paldi said ...
"In No Kids we're asking important questions that affect all of us - those who have already got kids, those thinking about it, those who've decided to never have kids and those who want to but can't.
We will also be on stage together for the first time in our company's history - it's a real rollercoaster of emotions!
After a brilliant run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe we are really excited to be touring the show again this Spring and to some our favourite venues and audiences across the U.K.
We are also in the planning stages of an international tour for later this year."
George Mann added ...
"Making No Kids challenged us as theatre makers, but also as a couple.
Creative disagreements were profound, the fears and anxieties were real, and digging into our past opened up old wounds.
We loved performing the show in Edinburgh, but we also felt the need to continue developing No Kids - to push ourselves to delve deeper into the themes of the show and further explore our two characters as stage personas and where that could take the piece.
We tried our new version of No Kids at SHOUT festival in Birmingham Hippodrome in Nov and the audience response was visceral and exciting - provoking a lot of debate post-show.
I can't wait to London premiere this latest version at Battersea Arts Centre and to tour the show here and abroad in 2019 - and to continue the conversation..."
About the company
Ad Infinitum (formerly Theatre Ad Infinitum) is an international ensemble based in Bristol, developing new and original theatre.
Founded in 2007, Ad Infinitum is led by Co-Artistic Directors, Nir Paldi and George Mann.
They create shape-shifting socio-political theatre to provoke, move and inspire through innovative storytelling and bold experimental styles.
Ad Infinitum's theatre draws upon the power of the body, engages audiences with urgent issues, and ignites passionate debate.
Previous shows include Translunar Paradise, Odyssey, Bucket List, Light, and Ballad of the Burning Star, and 2019 will see the premiere of their new work exploring threats to Deaf culture, Extraordinary Wall of Silence (working title).
Ad Infinitum is Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic and The North Wall.
They are Associate Artist Alumni at the Bush Theatre (2011-2013), The Lowry (2011-2017) and Redbridge Drama Centre (2009-2017).
Show listing information
Described as We Need to Talk About Kevin on acid (Total Theatre), No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play from the multi award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum.
Should we have kids, or not?
George and Nir are a real-life same-sex couple trying to answer a question many of us face.
Every consideration - adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth, the fears and anxieties, how the past affects parenting and much, much more - brings with it a succession of ethical challenges.
Together, George and Nir confront this chaos head-on.
And invite you along for the ride.
Author: George Mann and Nir Paldi
Composer: Chris Bartholomew
Director: George Mann and Nir Paldi
Designer: Anna Orton
Lighting: Matthew Leventhall
Sound: Chris Bartholomew
Production: Emily Williams, Ad Infinitum
From: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Closed: Saturday 23 February 2019
Standard: £12.50 - £18
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