Pleasance Dome
4-22 August, 12:40

Nothing is more exciting or suspenseful than expecting a child; inevitably, the prospect of new life is filled with presumptions and eagerness. But what happens when our hopes are subverted? Kristina Branden Whitaker’s play draws on her own experiences to explore how a couple copes when their child is born with a rare chromosome disorder. Knowing that their child will always be different and that their daughter’s life will be filled with struggles, this moving play is nevertheless deeply uplifting.

Branden Whitaker and the other three cast members are unfalteringly excellent; Paul (Steve Marsh) and Theresa (Sally Walsh)’s gripey relationship is grippingly real, at turns hilarious and heart-breaking. The Swedish couple of Mattias (Mattias Ahlen) and Klara (Branden Whitaker) reveal the other side to the dilemma of conceiving a child with disabilities, and although theirs is a contrasting relationship, it is equally powerful. Never stopping to be preachy, this is a thought-provoking and breathtakingly honest piece of theatre.

- Miranda Fay Thomas