Whether you’re thinking of having children, struggling to conceive or experiencing infertility, there’s lots to talk about when it comes to making babies. Fertility Fest, a month-long festival at the Barbican starting on 23 April, caught our eye. It’s opening up the conversation on fertility to cover wider grounds, including male infertility, queer families and IVF. From talks to plays, here’s our pick of what to get involved in over the next few weeks.
The Invisible Man
This evening showcase includes an extract from Thomas Webb’s documentary on men going through fertility treatment, and Toby Peach’s award-winning solo show about the moment, aged 22, he was told he’s infertile.
25 April, 7pm, tickets £10, barbican.org.uk
There’s More to Life than Children: Men Speak
Childlessness comes in many forms – choice, chance and circumstance all play a part. Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Rod Silvers has been giving a voice to childless men since his 2011 film England Expects.
27 Apr, 3.15pm, tickets £10, barbican.org.uk
Avalanche: A Love Story
Maxine Peake stars in this powerful adaptation of Julia Leigh’s book of the same name. Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks, the play explores the seductive promises made by the multi-billion-dollar IVF industry.
27 April to 12 May, tickets from £16, barbican.org.uk
The Big Fertility Questions
Whether it’s something that affects you, or you want to find out more, this panel of fertility specialists, artists and public figures, led by CNN news anchor Hannah Vaughan, will have the answers to questions on treatment options, the postcode lottery and the business of fertility.
1 May, 6pm, tickets £10, barbican.org.uk