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What Comes First The Career Or The Egg: To Parent or not to Parent

Fertility Fest


Has every woman's reproductive status become public property?

Theatre-makers Anna Bliss Scully and Nina Davis present an extract from their show, The Non-Parent Trap, that considers our modern obsession with procreation.

Followed by Paula Varjack, Catriona James and Luca Rutherford’s The Baby Question, a new play in development that fuses personal stories and pop culture to amplify the narratives of the childless/child-free/child-full woman. 

The artists will be joined on stage for a discussion and Q&A with academic and artist Dr Eirini Kartsaki from the University of Essex and Tracey Sainsbury, Senior Counsellor at the London’s Women Clinic

Chaired by Maddy Costa, Writer and Reviewer

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Day Ticket

Buy a ticket to all three events in What Comes First: The Career or the Egg?, To Parent or Not To Parent (11.30am-4.15pm); Egg Freezing (1.15-2.30pm) and Solo Motherhood (3-3.15pm) and save £10. 

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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 [email protected] 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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