The Queer Family

Fertility Fest

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The LGBT community has been making babies for a long time. Celebrate family in all its forms in an evening of creativity and conversation.​

Emma Edwards presents her award-winning film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK.

Author of Human Book Dimple Devadas tells the story of her rainbow family made through sperm donation.

Theatre-maker Stella Duffy OBE and playwright Shelley Silas have been together 28 years. They’ve lost three parents, one sister, one nephew and six embryos. They didn’t have the family they dreamed of but are a family nonetheless. 

Jamie Anderson performs part of his new show about becoming a father for the first time as a gay, HIV positive man.

Join a Q&A session with the artists and fertility experts Carole Gilling Smith and Francesca Steyn. Chaired by James Mackenzie Blackman

Duration: 2 hours, including an interval

Produced in association with Two Daddies and Pride Angel

Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off ticket prices for this show.

No booking fee. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

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Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

No booking fee. Subject to availability.

Visitors with access requirements who have joined our Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets. Call the Box Office on 020 7638 8891. For Minicom facilities, call 07710 854 085.

Groups (10+)
Save 20%. Call the Groups line on 020 7382 7211.

Discounts are not available on lowest price tickets and are subject to availability. Discounts do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.

*Excludes 60p booking fee

Key information

We want Fertility Fest to be as inclusive as possible and this means being sensitive to people with and without children. We are conscious that some people who are struggling to conceive or are involuntarily childless find it difficult to be around children. But we are equally conscious that there are people who have been on a long and complex journey to conceive who want to come to the festival and might not have childcare support. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded.

With this in mind, we therefore ask that if you would like to or need to bring children / babes in arms to the event or you find it particularly difficult to be around children then please contact us at ahead for a chat about how to give you the best experience on the day and make sure we can positively address all people’s feelings and needs.

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