Another show from Ellen MacDougall’s first season at the Gate and a very good one it is too. If shows such as Yerma with Billie Piper at the Young Vic or Avalanche with Maxine Peake at the Barbican have explored the pain of infertility, fewer have considered the fact that not every women wants children and for many who do it turns out that motherhood is not all it is cracked up to be. Sometimes it just feels like endless tidying up and cooking meals. French writer Magali Mougel grasps the nettle in 75 electrifying minutes focussing on a woman whose options were always narrow and for whom motherhood makes her world smaller still.
By Magali Mougel, Translated by Chris Campbell, Directed by Jean-Pierre Baro Their voices. Their bodies moving about. Their bodies all over the place all over me all day. I can’t stand it anymore. Another unbearably hot evening. Suzy Storck sits by the window. A glass of wine. A bottle. Three. Her husband’s left. Maybe he’s coming home. Maybe he’s not. The radio buzzes. Upstairs, the sound of tiny hands behind a bedroom door. Her children. Another glass. The smell of an animal that isn’t quite yet dead. And still the sun will just not set. How exactly did she end up here? Suzy Storck is the debut UK production of Jean-Pierre Baro, one of the most exciting new artists in French theatre, that dares to ask the question: what happens when you don’t want children – and you already have them? Age Recommendation: 14+