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New parents inspire new play Kicking and Screaming which is touring the North East

A new play called Kicking and Screaming was inspired by interviews with first-time parents from across the North East

Kicking and Screaming is to embark on a tour of the region
Kicking and Screaming is to embark on a tour of the region

Kicking and Screaming is a new play about parenthood which is to tour the region during March.

It comes from Tangled Feet Theatre Company which spent several weeks in the North East talking to new parents at toddler groups and community centres.

The title of the play suggests that not all they were hearing would be guaranteed to soothe the nerves of those for whom parenthood is a prospect but not yet a reality.

According to new mum Kat Joyce, one of the Tangled Feet writers, Kicking and Screaming is a particularly personal project for the company, which was set up in 2003 by graduates of Middlesex University’s drama and theatre studies course.

Four members of the company have small and demanding dependents and were moved to investigate the “often unseen undercurrents of new parenthood”.

A company spokeswoman said: “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.”

The play looks at what happens to a family when a new baby arrives and people have to adapt.

The regional tour has been commissioned by Reach, an Arts Council-funded project set up to bring new drama to the North East and managed by Stockton Arts and Leeds-based Dep Arts.

The tour opens at Arts Centre Washington with performances on March 5 (7.30pm) and March 6 (1.30pm). It also visits Bishop Auckland Town Hall (March 9), Alnwick Playhouse (March 10), Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (March 11 and 12), Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre (March 13 and 14), Arc, Stockton (March 17 and 18), the Customs House, South Shields (March 19 and 20), Seaton Delaval Arts Centre (March 21) and Saltburn Community Theatre (March 22).


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