Avalanche: A Love Story By Julia Leigh - Captioned Performance

May

09

Thursday

When a woman rekindles an early love in her late 30's her whole life changes. Deciding they want a child together, she and her new husband, like so many other couples, make a visit to the IVF clinic.

So begins a long and costly journey of medical procedures, nightly injections, rituals and the oscillation between high hopes and the depths of despair. Avalanche lays bare the stark truth of her experience against the seductive promises made by the multi-billion-dollar IVF industry to those in the grip of a 'snow blind' yearning and desire to make a baby.

Along the way, she navigates the science and statistics of IVF treatment and eventually comes to terms with the price to be paid, in the pursuit of this desire. The devastating toll on her body, her relationships and her career is portrayed with compelling honesty and moments of black humour. At the heart of this dramatisation is an exploration of who we are and how we love; based on a true story, it is a courageous account of a profoundly important and widespread experience.

Part of Life Rewired, a season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins/no interval
Age guidance: 14+

Accessible events: https://www.barbican.org.uk/your-visit/accessibility/accessible-events

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