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Birthday by Joe Penhall

  • Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company Shakespeare House, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1FR United Kingdom (map)

Shakespeare House opens its doors as a performing venue once again with our production of 'Birthday' by Joe Penhall in January 2017!

The birth of their daughter should be one of the happiest days of Ed and Lisa's life. An NHS maternity ward and their somewhat unusual circumstances make for an unsettling and satisfyingly comic sequence of events that tests their relationship to the core, and raises intrinsic questions about the nature of birth and renewal, fear and isolation.

Subverting the received gender roles to darkly comic and disturbing effect, the play charts Ed and Lisa's personally fraught experience at the behest of an NHS labour ward. 

Birthday achieves an intensely comic counterpoint to the visceral domestic drama sutured to bigger issues of aspiration, sacrifice, who we are, how we communicate, the triumph of tolerance, nature and ultimately love"

The cast of four are working incredibly hard to bring out the humour and pathos of this difficult but brilliant play.

Tickets are £5 and will include a Winter Warmer. Please contact Charlotte on 07870 539522 to reserve your seat.


Earlier Event: November 8
King Lear
Later Event: March 7
'Allo 'Allo