So it seems that three London fertility clinics have decided they’re going to take all their staff to London’s Park Theatre to see Gareth Farr’s brilliant new play The Quiet House. It might seem surprising – surely clinic staff know all they need to about IVF? – and yet what’s so great about the play is that it shows the side of IVF they don’t usually see.
The Quiet House is not about what goes on inside the clinic but about what happens at home during an IVF cycle. It’s about dealing with friends with babies, about balancing the demands of work, about doing the daily injections and managing the huge emotional highs and lows of a treatment cycle.
You don’t need a personal interest in fertility treatment or any professional knowledge to appreciate The Quiet House, but for those who work in clinics it is clear that this can be a beneficial learning experience as well as a deeply moving one.