“Part of the Barbican’s Fertility Fest which explores fertility and infertility through performance and discussions. This show is based on Julia Leigh’s memoir about trying to conceive a child and stars Maxine Peake as a woman who suddenly discovers a deep need to have a child. The original memoir was praised for its courage and emotional honesty and raises questions about selflessness, selfishness and the urge to be a mother even when the odds are stacked against you.”
Julia and new husband long for a child together. Enough to gather their courage and explore IVF treatment. As she navigates a successful career as an artist with the demands of her relationship and hopes of motherhood, her witty and lyrical observations form a real-life account of the making and breaking of her dreams.
Boldly adapted from a true story, this production focuses on one woman, her desire to create life and her attempts to shape a longed-for future. In speaking of her experience, the personal breaks open into the universal and Avalanche becomes a story we can all relate to.
Age Recommendation: 14+
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