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Maxine Peake to star in Barbican's Avalanche: A Love Story

Julia Leigh's stage adaptation of her memoir will run as part of this year's Fertility Festival and is based on

Maxine Peake
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Maxine Peake (Black Mirror, Hamlet) is to perform at the Barbican for the first time in the stage adaptation of Julia Leigh's 2016 memoir, entitled Avalanche: A Love Story.

The piece, which follows a woman's attempts to conceive through IVF in her late 30s, is inspired by Leigh's story. It runs in the Barbican Theatre from 27 April to 12 May, with direction by Australian director Anne-Louise Sarks.

Avalanche is the centrepiece of the 2019 Fertility Festival at the Barbican. The festival, now in its third year, aims to improve fertility education and general discourse about the subject. In previous years the festival has run at the Birmingham Rep, the Park Theatre and the Bush Theatre.

Leigh is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker, with her works including The Hunter and Disquiet. Her 2011 film Sleeping Beauty was officially selected for the Festival de Cannes

Following its run at the Barbican, Avalanche will run in Sydney in late August.