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No Kids

1st Aug 2018 - 27th Aug 2018

Forth - Pleasance Courtyard

3:40pm

Restricted to ages 12 and above

Overview

No Kids explores the personal journey that real-life couple Nir and George embarked upon when they asked the question: as a gay couple, should we go out of our way to have children?

Gender-bending musical cabaret and verbatim theatre marry to conceive a distinctly queer piece that asks: should we be making more babies in an increasingly overpopulated world? And is our society truly open to the idea of two dads?

'The company’s use of movement, its performative rigour, and ability to conjure worlds is second to none' (Stage).

***** (Times on Light).

**** (Guardian on Ballad).

 

Accessible Performances

Thursday 9th & Saturday 25th August - BSL Interpreted 

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The show is constantly compelling ... Partners in real life, they claim that if they’re ever in the same rehearsal room they’d end up fighting savagely. So it’s remarkable that they’ve ended up making No Kids together, a show about whether they should have children, and even more remarkable that those arguments haven’t stopped it from being so good.
4 stars
The Stage
It's a beautiful and touching experience, leaping from flights of fantasy to grim seriousness and brimming with laughter and tears throughout. A marvellous creation and fair enough to say that, given the care with which these men have nurtured this collaborative production, a fine pair of fathers they would make.
4 stars
British Theatre Guide
It’s We Need to Talk About Kevin on acid as George and Nir leap around the stage...No Kids is a feisty, funny, moving, thought-provoking exploration... a beautifully constructed piece, exploring important issues thoughtfully and humorously.
stars
Total Theatre Magazine
This is a very dynamic and action packed show which at the same time is full of striking ideas and insights ... a brilliant show, extremely well worth experiencing and a thought-provoking, mind-expanding performance which will also get your feet tapping.
4 stars
Scotsgay
Ad Infinitum present a funny yet insightful glimpse into one of the biggest decisions in the lives of Artistic Directors Nir Paldi and George Mann. To have kids, or not? ... And it does so in an engaging, occasionally hilarious, and never less than honest way.
4 stars
To Do List
Leaving no stone unturned, Mann and Paldi look into the social, logistical, emotional, psychological and even environmental benefits and issues of reproduction ... One thing is for sure, if these two men can raise a production with this much honesty, flare and inclusion (not to mention a Madonna song for every mood), any baby would be in safe hands.
4 stars
Edinburgh Guide
stars

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How the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can supercharge careers

A: Fringe Advice:

George Mann
No Kids – Pleasance
“The fringe can feel like a very competitive environment. But there is enough space for everyone. Spend some time finding your support network for those times when it feels impossible to go on.”

George Mann co-artistic director of Ad Infinitum, a company that made its early reputation at the fringe, believes if the show has quality an audience will find it. But, he adds, sometimes it takes weeks of effort to find, even for a company as established as his. This year, Mann and his co-director and partner Nir Paldi, are going to the Pleasance with No Kids, a show exploring whether as a gay couple they should or should not have children. Despite years of fringe hits, he knows that it might fail but believes the festival remains the best environment to test a performer and their show.

‘There is no more honest audience than a fringe audience’ – George Mann, Ad Infinitum

“There is no more honest audience than a fringe audience,” he says. “You know immediately from them what is and isn’t working and you can do something about it. An Edinburgh audience is a tough audience, but they are also honest and that’s important. They are why we go.”

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