Avalanche: A Love Story London Reviews and Tickets
Absorbing, Intense, Clever
About the Show
Julia Leigh's real-life experience of receiving IVF treatment is retold in a one-woman show.
A stage adaptation of the personal memoir which recounts Julia Leigh's painful experience of spending years on costly rounds of IVF treatment. Performed by Maxine Peake (Miss Julie) and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks.
Maxine Peake offers a wild exhaustion as Leigh’s Woman, consumed by the desperation to conceive, but her performance is stifled by a formulaic script that leaves no space to stretch between the words.'
Anne-Louise Sarks’s production doesn’t fully convince that theatre is the best medium for this story...Still, an hour-and-a-half in Peake’s company is never going to be time wasted, and she’s predictably brilliant.'
Basically, it’s a very ordinary story. But therein lies its beauty. As a drama it is both completely believable and – probably for many people – easy to relate to...the most beautiful thing of all is that this tale isn’t a tragedy.'
There are some key issues which feel underexplored here...By far the most exciting and moving thing is watching Peake watching an imaginary phone with tears in her eyes, trying to force it to ring.'