Subverting the received gender roles to darkly comic and disturbing
effect, the play charts Ed and Lisa's personally fraught experience at
the behest of an NHS labour ward. Penhall expertly weaves an acutely
funny and emotionally charged sequence of events: he pitches wryly
observed gender perceptions of a quite literal life and death situation
against an indictment of the NHS system. The beautifully observed
writing is at once vicious and searingly tender.
achieves an intensely comic counterpoint to the visceral domestic drama
sutured to bigger issues of aspiration, sacrifice, who we are, how we
communicate, the triumph of tolerance, nature and ultimately love.