Runtime: 1h 15m
The pandemic saw many working in other areas of theatre turn to writing, and actor Florence Howard is one of them. She is rewarded by a production at Theatre 503—such a crucial part of London’s new writing ecology—of her debut play that feels timely as it explores women’s reproductive choices at a time when they are under pressure. Aggy and Ben are a couple, and they seem made for each other. They always thought so too. There’s just one thing. Aggy has never wanted kids, and Ben has never thought about it much. But now he’s decided he wants to be a dad. Can the centre hold or will it tear them apart?
Aggy does not want kids. It’s not a big deal but she absolutely does not want them. Ben’s never really thought about it but actually, now you mention it, he would quite like them. None of this matters though because what they really want is each other…right? Agatha explores the imperfectly perfect love story between Aggy and Ben as it is painfully ripped apart by the two people who want it to work the most. This debut play by writer Florence Howard asks how we are meant to keep hold of ourselves whilst sharing everything we are with someone else. Age Recommendation: 12+ Content Warning: There are references to and discussions about abortion throughout the piece.