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No Kids - Battersea Arts Centre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN, directed and performed by George Mann and Nir Paldi, and presented by Ad Infinitum, No Kids will visit Battersea Arts Centre from February 5 to February 23, 2019 as part of an eight venue tour.

Co-artistic directors 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.

This energetic and provoking piece of physical theatre comes to Battersea Arts Centre and tours the UK fresh from its hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Nir Paldi said: “In No Kids we’re asking important questions that affect all of us – those who have already got kids, those thinking about it, those who’ve decided to never have kids and those who want to but can’t. We will also be on stage together for the first time in our company’s history – it’s a real rollercoaster of emotions!

“After a brilliant run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe we are really excited to be touring the show again this Spring and to some our favourite venues and audiences across the U.K. We are also in the planning stages of an international tour for later this year.”

George Mann added: “Making No Kids challenged us as theatre makers, but also as a couple. Creative disagreements were profound, the fears and anxieties were real, and digging into our past opened up old wounds. We loved performing the show in Edinburgh, but we also felt the need to continue developing No Kids – to push ourselves to delve deeper into the themes of the show and further explore our two characters as stage personas and where that could take the piece.

“We tried our new version of No Kids at SHOUT festival in Birmingham Hippodrome in November and the audience response was visceral and exciting – provoking a lot of debate post-show. I can’t wait to London premiere this latest version at Battersea Arts Centre and to tour the show here and abroad in 2019 – and to continue the conversation…”

Produced by Emily Williams, No Kids has sound design and original composition by Chris Bartholomew, lighting design by Matthew Leventhall and set and costume design by Anna Orton.

The tour will also visit Unity Theatre, Liverpool (January 24 and 25), The Art Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk (January 28), The Lowry, Salford (February 1), Tobacco Factory Theatres, Spielman Theatre, Bristol (February 27 to March 9), Bedales School, Petersfield (March 11), Arts at Stowe, Buckingham (March 12) and Corn Exchange, Newbury (March 29).