Re: Production

A fun and informative play from the female-led White Slate Theatre company, White Slate performed Re: Production (not literally) for the final time at the Brighton Fringe on Saturday. This delightful show tells the story of a young couple in their early thirties, Karen and Tom, having one of the most difficult conversations facing the millennial generation: do you actually want kids?

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.

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What does it mean to be a woman? What’s your job? Do you have children? You can have a career and children, can’t you? Will you at least freeze your eggs? Don’t you ever feel like something is missing? A scientist, on the cusp of a new IVF discovery, is faced with difficult decisions about her own fertility. Through this intimate story, award-winning White Slate Theatre explores the choices and options women have in contemporary society when weighing up careers, motherhood, and where self-worth is found. On the company: "A hidden gem, serious players of serious theatre” (Fringe Review).

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