No Kids (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

No Kids

Alex Brenner

Fringe favourites turn attention to themselves

Ad Infinitum are virtually Fringe royalty, with a string of lauded shows in recent years – Translunar Paradise, Ballad of the Burning Star and Bucket List among them. No Kids, however, marks something of a departure, as Ad Infinitum turn their focus on themselves.

Co-artistic directors George Mann and Nir Paldi are a real-life couple and in this energetic, colourful show they ask a simple but life-changing question: should they have kids? If so, would they adopt, or approach a surrogate mother? What if the child has special needs, or gets bullied for having two dads? Could they even cope with explaining the intricacies of female anatomy to a girl?

It's a show full of questions, and in mind-spinning fantasy scenarios the couple imagine the repercussions of their decisions, the outcomes – either breathtakingly wonderful or desperately tragic – upon themselves and their potential child.

If that sounds dry, however, No Kids definitely isn't. It's a restless, intensely physical piece set to a pounding Madonna soundtrack – so full of energy, in fact, that moments of reflection risk getting lost among the dance sequences and costume changes. It's only at the very end, too, that Mann and Paldi begin to address the show's central issue – of how a kid would impinge on the almost boundless freedom they currently enjoy. It's a show full of ideas and insights, but, perhaps inevitably, somewhat self-obsessed.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug (not 13, 21), 3.40pm, £10.50–£13.50 (£9–£12.50).

No Kids

  • 3 stars

A personal exploration of gay relationships and parenthood.