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About 500
Information for About 500 at The Vaults, Inner London (Play). When Clem first dates Luke, she is a 32-year-old ambitious go-getter woman, (eggcount 115), with no interest in motherhood. Four years later, and happily in love, she decides she does want a child after all. Clem and Luke then gradually find themselves in a crisis of infertility, in which Clem becomes increasingly obsessed with time, (insisting it is going too fast), and counting things (like her remaining eggcount)... . To make matters worse, Clem's older and best friend, Ruth, accidentally conceives a second child, aggravating her despair. By the time Clem is 42 (eggcount 7) she has become mentally and emotionally absent, slipping in and out of her own ?egg-time' (which runs faster than everyone else's). Luke, fearing he has lost her, suggests that it's time to give up on 'project baby'. About 500 combines an unfolding drama between 3 characters with an exploration of the subjective nature of time and a docu-theatre thread suggesting the real women's voices behind the play. It also uses movement and an ?installation' made up of 100s of tiny meringues to convey the spent and squandered ovulations that come to haunt the protagonist. The story's 10-year passage of time is made explicit to the audience through an ever-present visual display of Clem's remaining egg count, a forcible reminder of her ever diminishing odds. The average age of first conception for women in the UK is now 30 and climbing steadily. However, the cliff edge of female fertility remains brutal, dropping dramatically at 35, with the result that more and more women find themselves involuntarily childless in their 40s. This has a huge, and seriously overlooked, impact on women's mental health. The fundamental disparity between a punishingly finite female fertility and a potentially infinite male fertility remains an issue that our society has failed to address, and something of a blind spot for feminism. Part of Vault Festival. This performance takes place at The Gift Horse @ The Horse & Stables
Approximate runtime 60minutes (including any interval).
Age Advisory: 15+
Author Simona Hughes. Dramaturg Melissa Dunne.

About 500


Wednesday, 18th March 2020 to Sunday, 22nd March 2020.
19:00. Mar 21, 22 Mats 15:00
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The Vaults

The Vaults
Leake Street
Inner London
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About 500 at The Vaults, Inner LondonQTix Codes:
Listing: L01424674858
Production: T703345140
Event: S1664330911
Venue: V01067696945
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