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Nuffield Theatre Presentation – Unplanned

10/12/2007 11:44:28

Malika Booker
Malika Booker

UNPLANNED is an audacious yet intimate show from Spellbinding performer and writer Malika Booker. Coming to the Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University on Thursday 25th October at 8.00pm, after a gestation of over five years, Unplanned explores our obsession with fertility and pregnancy. This provocative and wickedly funny theatrical confinement delves into the secrets, myths and taboos of getting a bun in the oven (and getting it out again).

From advice on douching to a brutal account of the theft of a foetus, UNPLANNED seeks to explore our obsession with fertility and pregnancy in the 21st Century. Should older women receive fertility treatment? Should we base our parenting skills on the manner in which we eat jelly babies? Passionate and magical, with stories, poems and chemistry experiments, UNPLANNED employs a whole range of theatrical and invetro devices culminating in the astonishing secret of Malika's own amazing story.

Unplanned has been commissioned and developed by Apples and Snakes and BAC.

‘Charming and well-judged… lingers like a reproachful ghost in our minds’ The Guardian

“Booker is a consummate storyteller” (Time Out on Absolution)

Malika Booker is a writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, known for her searing and sensual performance style. She is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her poems have been anthologised in a number of publications, including Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’ Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of New Black Writing. She has performed and written for the theatre including Millie and Marge (South Bank Centre); Absolution (BAC); Catwalk (Tricycle and UK Tour); Kin (Barbican Theatre) and Love Screams (The Union Chapel). After completing a three-month residency as Poet-in-Residence at Hampton Court Palace, Malika became Arts Council of England Fellow.

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Written and Performed by, Malika Booker, Directed By Rachel Mars