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Baby Box by Sleepless Theatre - Who Runs The World Season

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Baby Box is brought to you by Sleepless Theatre Company in conjunction with the Kings Head Theatre as part of their Who Runs The World? festival for female playwrights.

2005. Chloe’s great. It’s Christmas, she’s thirteen years old and has just woken up to what seems like a crustier version of her mum's tomato soup sticking her legs together beneath the duvet.

2010. Jamie’s worried. In her experience, throwing up from pain straight after sex is (thankfully) pretty damn unusual so why does her little sister breezily chat about it like it’s a perfectly normal reaction?

Baby Box is a frank and darkly comic exploration of the wonderfully dysfunctional relationship between siblings, complete with all the ins and outs that come with having a vagina.

This heart-warming and darkly humorous new play focusses around endometriosis, a medical condition affecting 1 of 10 women in the world, where cells similar to those lining the womb occur outside of the uterus yet keep their behaviour of shedding and bleeding. Despite the fact that this is such a common disease, it takes on average 7-8 years to be diagnosed, as female pain (especially when linked with sex, genitalia or periods) is just not taken as seriously by the medical profession.

Sleepless Theatre Company specializes in creating work with and for creatives that might identify as D/deaf or Disabled in any form – from chronic pain to neurodiversities to mobility vehicles. We’re a hugely passionate advocate for equality in the arts, and only produce plays with at least a 50/50 gender split both on and off-stage. Current work includes the LET Award-nominated and Royal Court developed Nine Foot Nine, currently programmed at the Bunker as part of their Breaking Out season, and ACE-supported Masha and the Firebird.

The King's Head Theatre is proud to announce a season of work by female playwrights, in direct response to the under-representation of female voices on stage.
King's Head Theatre Senior Producer Louisa Davis says: “Conversations about gender equality are nothing new, but as a female theatremaker it was becoming more and more frustrating seeing so much stage time being given to male voices - or to go one step further, to see my gender or issues affecting my gender only being told by a male voice.”

The King’s Head Theatre was established in 1970. The most ethically and socially responsible fringe theatre in the UK, we are known for our challenging work and support of young artists. Last year 116,151 audience members saw a show of ours: 44,607 at our 110 seater home on Upper Street and 60,269 on tour in the UK and 11,275 internationally. At our home in Islington we had 774 performances last year of 90 different shows. We are committed to fighting prejudice through the work we stage, the artists and staff we work with and by producing work for minority audience groups. We believe in fair pay for all on the fringe and create accessible routes for early career artists to stage their work; work we are passionate about.