Inspired by true events, FOX tells an honest and insightful story of new motherhood and the battles parents can face within an increasingly isolated society. Katie Guicciardi’s sharp and witty show will spark important discussions around the theme of help, exploring our desire to give it and how we seek it out. First on at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, FOX will be embarking on a spring tour, offering baby-friendly performances throughout.
A mother is alone at home caring for her baby when no one is caring for her. Riddled with guilt about her lack of mothering skills, a previous miscarriage, and her behaviour towards the homeless man outside, she spirals downwards towards the realisation that it is her who needs help as well as him. Having witnessed friends suffer severely from postnatal depression, Guicciardi’s writing strives to normalise having more conversations around loneliness and reaching out for support.
FOX explores the life-altering period of early motherhood, bringing the audience on the journey of physical, emotional and hormonal shifts that women can experience after having a baby. FOX will run two performances at most venues, offering performances specifically for parents to bring along their non-walking babies to. There will be a baby-friendly set-up for seating and lighting, allowing parents to feed, and move around with their babies in a relaxed environment. For parent and baby performances post-show play and chat sessions will also be available.
Katie Guicciardi (The Odyssey, York Theatre Royal; Hamlet, King’s Head Theatre) is an associate member of The Factory Theatre Company and has performed in various productions across the country. Guicciardi is the founder and director of The Actors’ Surgery and teaches as an acting coach across TV and Film and drama schools. She has also been a part of The Young Writers Programme at The Royal Court.
FOX is produced by Carbon Theatre, who work across complex and divergent, free-form theatre and cultural projects. Founder of Carbon Theatre Courtenay Johnson established the company in 2018 with the aim to support new work centred around equality, feminism and accessibility. Joining her, having produced FOX in 2019, will be Becky Barber (Emilia, The Globe; Birdsong, The Harold Pinter Theatre).
Writer and performer Katie Guicciardi comments, Motherhood is often represented by the birth of a child. But when a child is born, so too is a mother. In this post-lockdown era, when we have all come to know isolation, loneliness and fear, this show seems more relevant than ever as we look to those around us for support, community and help. They say it takes a village to raise a child. What happens when there is no village?
Running Time 60 minutes
Age restrictions 14+
For baby-friendly performances, we recommend coming along with pre-walking babies.
Content Warning The play explores sensitive themes of postnatal depression and includes mentions of baby loss.
Writer & Performer Katie Guicciardi
Director Lisa Cagnacci
Designer Alex Marker
Sound Designer Beth Duke
Production Becky Barber & Courtenay Johnson for Carbon Theatre
24th - 25th February The Curve, Slough
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Saturday 25th February, 11am
1st - 2nd March Greenwich Theatre Studio, London
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Thursday 2nd March at 11am
7th - 8th March Town & Gown, Cambridge
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Wednesday 8th March at 12:30pm
9th - 10th March The Albany Theatre, Coventry
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Wednesday 10th March at 10:30am
23rd - 24th March The Spring, Havant
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Friday 24th March at 10.30am
29th March Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
18th - 19th April The Core at Corby Cube, Corby
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Wednesday 19th April at 10.30am
20th - 21st April The Place, Bedford
There will be a baby-friendly performance on Friday 21st April at 10.30am
13th – 14th May Royal & Derngate, Northampton