Octagon Theatre & University of Bolton
By David Rudkin
Directed by David Thacker

It is the 1970’s and Anne and Colin desperately want a child, and are trying everything to achieve this dream. They subject themselves to the indignity of trailing from doctor to specialist to consultant and suffer the humiliation of feeling sexually and socially inadequate. Through their struggle they come to question themselves: why this blind compulsion to make a child?

With dark humour and stark realism, their efforts to achieve their goal of parenthood is tested and they must summon all of their strength and love to find a way forward together.

Additional information

Ticket Prices 

£27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)

Investigate Day

Sat 4 March (Find out more)

Post Show Talk

Mon 6 March (Free) find out more about the performance after the show with the actors and director.

Age Guide

15+ - This production contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. 

Powerful and poetic

Manchester Evening News


John Branwell

John Branwell

Doctor, Seminologist, Gynaecological Surgeon, Ambulance Driver, Area Adoptions Officer
Katy Cavanagh

Katy Cavanagh

Colin Connor

Colin Connor

Kate Coogan

Kate Coogan

Jennifer, Receptionist, Valerie, Nurse, Case Officer


David Thacker


Ciaran Bagnall

Set & Lighting Designer

Mary Horan

Costume Designer

Lesley Hutchison

Movement & Associate Director

Ben Occhipinti

Sound Designer

Stanley Orwin-Fraser

Video Designer

Sophia Horrocks

Deputy Stage Manager

Imogen Beech

Assistant Director

“A great cast on top form”

British Theatre Guide

“Humour and heartache rise out of the Ashes

The Bolton News

"Compelling, heartfelt performances"

The Stage

“Highly original voice still capable of stirring up quite a storm in a petri dish”

The Guardian

Price range £27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)
Season Tickets Best available seats from £18 (Find out more)
Groups and school prices available (see underneath dates for details)

Show accessible performances only

Groups 10+ £3 off (Mon-Thu eves and 2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Groups 31+ £4 off (Mon-Thu eves) £3.50 off (2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Schools £17 - £10 plus 1 free teacher tickets per 15 pupils

For Groups and School tickets call our Box Office on 01204 520661.

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