Kicking and screaming all the way to the theatre

A brand new production which has taken inspiration from first-time mums and dads from the north east will tour around the region next month opening on Thursday 5 March at Arts Centre Washington.

Tangled Feet theatre company will present the aptly named Kicking and Screaming to nine venues around the north east after speaking to first time parents from the region about their experiences.

The company has spent several weeks in the North East talking to new parents in community centres, online parenting forums as well as visiting toddler groups in every town on the show’s North East tour to gain an important regional insight.

The show will ultimately look at what happens to a family when a new baby is born, how things change and how people adapt.

Directed by new mother Kat Joyce, one of Tangled Feet theatre’s writers, Kicking and Screaming has a personal resonance for the company.

With four company members who are parents themselves, they are committed to honestly and imaginatively investigating the often-unseen undercurrents of new parenthood.

A spokesperson from Tangled Feet commented: “Kicking and Screaming aims to give voice to the fears, frustrations and struggles so many parents hide as they make the transition from being the starring role in their own life to merely a supporting part.”

This involving and physical show also includes a live score played on children’s instruments.

Kicking and Screaming opens at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 5 March, 7.30pm followed by a 'baby-friendly' matinee show on Friday 6 March 1.30pm, making it easier for parents to attend.

The show will then be touring to eight other venues around the North East of England as part of an initiative to increase the range of contemporary theatre on offer to audiences in the region. 

The tour is commissioned by REACH, a project bringing new theatre to the North East and managed by Stockton Arts and Dep Arts, funded by ACE.

Tickets are £8.50 and £6 for concessions.

Find out more or book tickets at Arts Centre Washington or by calling 0191 219 3455.

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