Being a parent. What if you’re not convinced you want to be one? What if it just didn’t happen? Tick Box Other is a collection of new short plays that take a closer look at the ups and downs of considering life without children. These candid and sometimes comic accounts explore the thoughts, feelings, challenges and pressures that can arise when staring in the face of one of life’s biggest questions. A snapshot of a subject that throws up lots of questions – and doesn’t always have a definitive answer. We’ve put this event together in order to represent the voices of people who might be grappling with the decision not to have children. Alternative stories that go a little deeper than the simplified ‘child-less’ or ‘child-free’. After all, there are a multitude of reasons and perspectives out there regarding parenthood. This evening aims to shine a light on just a few. No Issue by Catriona Clancy Kiera is worried. She doesn’t think she wants children. And ‘no issue’ feels like a big issue. Bullied by her Inner Critic, Kiera struggles to make sense of her own instincts, until something catapults her into finding her own voice. Is This a Test? By Karen Reed Is this a test? is a light-hearted look at the sometimes weighty subject of deciding whether or not to have kids. And what happens if all these thoughts, feelings and endless questions are suddenly put to the test. Births, Marriages and Social Media by Nicola Rockhill Tilly is wrestling with the reality of her life as a single woman approaching 40, without children. The emotional challenges she faces are laid bare as she recounts the details of an unexpected social media fallout and reflects on the events that led up to it, and the status quo of the world we’re colluding in. This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing.