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Four performers in 1970s costumes look towards the camera

The Baby Question (Screening)

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Overview

In 1974, the contraceptive pill was made available to single women on the NHS for the first time. What has changed since then? What if child-free/childless women were at the centre of that narrative?

The Baby Question is a theatrical film exploring the narratives of women who are child-free by choice or circumstance, set in the world of a seventies top of the pops style chart tv show.

During the live recording of a 70s Top of the Pops style chart show, female dancers perform Pan’s People style routines for a studio audience.

Meanwhile, an unseen male host mixes chart hit titles with landmark moments in feminism, reproductive rights, and increasingly personal references about the dancers performing. Gradually the world of the chart show breaks down, as these women consider what it means for them to be childfree/childless.

 

Post Show Event
The Baby Question’s post-screening event is a live musical jukebox hosted by DJ Awkward Black Girl. The rare occasion where a DJ will actually (attempt) to take your requests.

This will be a super casual space to enjoy music together, where music will be used to express feelings that are harder to put into words. We hope the screening will invoke questions, thoughts and ideas; with DJ ABG, we can bring these to life through sound.

We hope you can use the jukebox session to take up as little or as much space as you like. A space to talk as little or as much as you like. Whatever you need, we will have the tunes rolling and a soft atmosphere brewing.

 

This film was funded and supported by Attenborough Arts Centre and the Arts Council England.

Research and development phase funded by the Arts Council England Battersea Arts Centre and Camden Peoples Theatre, with further support by The Pleasance and Old Diorama Arts Centre. Seed funding by Upstart Theatre.

Running time

45min (plus 15min interval). Followed by a 45min post-show discussion

13+

Contains sensitive themes surrounding fertility.

Trailer

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.

STEP FREE ACCESS

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available

WHEELCHAIR SPACES

There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.

TOILETS

We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.

HEARING ENHANCEMENT

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).

ASSISTANCE

One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

BOOKING COMPANION SEATING

To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk or by visiting our Box Office in person.

GUIDE DOGS

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.

SEAT ACCESSIBILITY

Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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