Of Kith and Kin - Sheffield Crucible

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I was invited along to the production of Kith and Kin at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield and I jumped at the chance. I had been to the theatre only a handful of times and loved the experience on each occasion. The immersion of the theatre leaves me with a warm feeling. I always come out feeling rather sophisticated and wishing that I went more often, to take in more culture in this medium and definitely more of Sheffield Theatres' great productions.

Of Kith and Kin is a black comedy, with a slightly dark and insightful edge to the story line... it is a co production between Sheffield Theatres and London's Bush Theatre. I won't go into too much detail regarding the story line as I am conscious about giving too much away, and nobody likes spoilers these days! The play is centred around a married gay couple, Daniel and Oliver, in the process of having a baby through a surrogate, Priya, who also happens to be a good friend to them both. The play focuses on the dynamics of the couple's relationship, and how past and present societal perceptions of families and same sex marriage can have a great effect, not always positive, even if on the outside it seems that hard-won rights signal a move closer to equality. I felt this storyline was up to date with the changing patterns of modern families and households, yet the influence of a child on a relationship is a story with echoes coming from well in the past. It was a refreshing contemporary take on it all.

Every part of the production had been thought about in detail, from the video games being played on the television, the music, and Daniel and Oliver's relationship with Priya the surrogate mother of their child. This all allowed me to relate this to society today.
The production is being shown at the Studio in the Crucible. I felt this was a perfect setting for this, as it is a more intimate feeling setting, where you as the audience really feel in touch with the characters' emotions throughout. The play then moves to the Bush Theatre in London on October 18th for a run taking the show well into November. 
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  1. Great review! I loved this play and would love to see more similar ones too

    Jess | http://acornlifefitness.com

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