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All KIDding Aside (Christel Bartelse / DutchGirl Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Christel Bartelse sets the tone for her show by crawling out from under a gynaecological examination bed as a hideous, giant foetus. You can almost hear her biological clock ticking as she guides you through one of life’s biggest decision-making processes: to breed or not to breed. From infertility, to the possibility of having ungrateful snot-nosed brats, to environmental collapse, Bartelse humorously explores all the anxieties that come with parenthood. Dynamic, dramatic and thoughtfully observant, this is a show that will find more uses for an umbilical cord than you could have ever dreamed possible. Squeamish people: watch out for some seriously graphic descriptions of vaginal-related problems and examinations, which wouldn’t feel out of place in a Gothic thriller.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Stapleton]