A fun and informative play from the female-led White Slate Theatre company, White Slate performed
A thoughtful, intimate and enlightening performance - a show that should be part of the educational development of all young adults
Karen (Catherine Nicholson) always wanted to be a scientist. Tom (Dan Burman) always wanted to be a dad. This contemporary play explores women’s choices, the science behind those choices, and the relentless pressure from society to become a parent. These adorable characters make a very difficult conversation into a light-hearted hour of laughs with a serious and educational edge.
Tom and Karen are the couple everyone wants to hate, but can’t help but love. They brush their teeth together, they sing cheesy music together in the car and agree on almost everything except one very crucial detail: Karen doesn’t want children. The audience are taken on a hilarious journey through the science of love, attraction and reproduction. Karen is on the brink of a new IVF discovery, how can someone who gives the gift of life to so many couples not want children herself? The play cleverly explores both sides of the argument - from Karen’s passion for her career to Tom’s yearning to become a father. How much should partners compromise in a relationship in order for that relationship to remain functional and healthy?
The couple portray a caring and affectionate representation of love and the importance of knowing what one wants out of life. They engage with the audience and encourage us to consider the question: what does it mean to be a woman in 2017? A thoughtful, intimate and enlightening performance - a show that should be part of the educational development of all young adults and one I would thoroughly encourage everyone to go and see.