George Mann and Nir Paldi are a real-life couple trying to answer a question many of us face. As 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.
First thing I noticed was the good use of physical theatre within the show. The use of tables and choreographed moves when both actors made a gesture at the same time was fab. The show was very stylised, interesting for the audience straight away. Multi rolling was used as the actors took turns becoming different characters such as their imaginary son, a social worker and a surrogate. Both Mann and Paldi had excellent energy through-out and this made the piece even more riveting to watch. The choreography and dance that was included and slotted in perfectly gave a variation to the performance making it interesting and easy to watch. They had written songs which tackled tricky issues in a comedic way. For example, they wrote a song all about the things you buy for a baby, some of them very pointless things and there was another song about how George discovered that he was gay and how he came out. Nir played George’s mother in this section which added a great sense of comedy for the audience.
I was very surprised how very brave both actors are to explore their relationship and deepest thoughts in front of an audience watching a show which was fully based on their true story and experiences. The show also tackled difficult topics such as bullying, domestic abuse, surrogacy, adoption, coming out, divorce, economic problems very well.
Basic set of a few tables and stools accompanied by 2 rails of props worked perfectly.
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Overall, this show is faultless, hits you with the facts about modern day and this very emotional story