Last few days to see The Quiet House

The Quiet HouseOK, I know I’ve written about this a lot, but there are just a few days left now to catch Gareth Farr’s play The Quiet House at the Park Theatre in London. I know how easy it is to think “Oh, I must get round to seeing that…” and then suddenly realise it’s too late and you’ve missed whatever it is. So, don’t do that this time around.

I’ve seen the play twice, and can honestly say it got better each time. There are some amazing performances, especially from Michelle Bonnard who plays Jess who is going through IVF treatment. Don’t miss it – box office link is here!

 

IVF: ‘It’s overwhelming and shocking at every single turn’

A great piece here from The Guardian about playwright Gareth Farr, author of the play The Quiet House, and his wife Gabby Vautier. They talk about their personal experiences of fertility problems and treatment – and explain how the play, and the accompanying festival, came about.  Do read it!

The Quiet House is at Birmingham Repertory theatre until 4 June, and then at the Park Theatre in London from 7 June to 9 July. Fertility Fest is in Birmingham this weekend, and in London on June 11 – see here for details.

Fertility Fest – when art meets science

images-6It will be the first event of its kind in the UK taking place in London and Birmingham, and it’s called Fertility Fest. The event, devised by writer Jessica Hepburn and producer Gabby Vautier, will bring together some of the country’s leading writers, visual artists, theatre-makers, film-directors and composers alongside some of the country’s foremost fertility experts for a day of performance, discussion and debate. Topics under the artistic microscope include facing the diagnosis of infertility, IVF, donation, surrogacy, the male experience, egg freezing, involuntary childlessness and alternative routes to parenthood.The full day of events concludes with a performance of a new play from award-winning writer Gareth Farr called The Quiet House about one couple’s journey when they enter the world of IVF.

Fertility Fest is in London on Saturday June 11 at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park and in Birmingham on Saturday May 28 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The artists involved in the days include Aaron Deemer, Amanda Gore, Amy Rosenthal, Fergus Davidson, Fiona Duffelen, Gabby Vautier, Gareth Farr, Jessica Hepburn, Jo Ind, Jody Day, Julia Copus, Jude Christian, Kazuko Hohki, Katie Barlow, Louise Ann Wilson, Matthew Dunster, Paula Knight, Peter Guttridge, Stander Chohan, Ronke Adekoluejo, Sarah Esdaile, Somalia Seaton, Steve Ball, Tabitha Moses, Tina Reid-Persin and Yann Seznec. The experts in the field joining them for the day will include Professor Allan, Pacey, Professor Geeta Nargund, Laura Witjens, Professor Jacky Boivin, Janine Elson, Juliet Tizzard, Kate Brian, Natalie Silverman, Sally Cheshire, Dr Sofia Gameiro, Dr Sue Avery, Professor Susan Bewley, Professor Susan Golombok, Tracey Sainsbury and Victoria MacDonald.

Tickets cost £25 a day which include all workshops, talks and a performance of The Quiet House – for more details and booking, visit the website www.fertilityfest.com