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Summary

Avalanche: A Love Story stars acclaimed British actor Maxine Peake in a compelling story of hope and longing.

When a woman rekindles an early love in her late 30s her whole life changes. Deeply in love, she and her new husband want to have a child together, and they make an appointment at an IVF clinic. So begins this story, inspired by the writer Julia Leigh’s own personal memoir.

This international co-production with the Barbican Theatre was praised as 'a must-hear story for our times' (Go London) on its UK premiere. It lays bare the daily oscillation between hope and doubt in a drama we can all relate to - about the dreams we have for ourselves, the hopes we have for our futures and the goals we have for our families.

Acclaimed for her 'capacity for emotional directness and a fierce, uncensored honesty' (The Guardian), Maxine Peake is a prolific theatre, television and film actor. Australian audiences will know her from her astounding range of work, including Netflix’s Black Mirror, cult favourite TV show Shameless and an extensive list of BBC dramas. Sydney-born Director Anne-Louise Sarks has been making waves in Europe, and this production brings her back to her hometown for her first work with STC.

See why these are artists at the top of their game, sharing a raw and insightful look at a universal tale.

Avalanche: A Love Story is a Barbican Theatre and Fertility Fest production, co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Audible.

©2020 Julia Leigh (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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This is a sophisticated piece, read with real heart and expression by the wonderful Maxine Peake.

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Like going to the theatre

Maxine Peake is brilliant. Really enjoyed this. Not much else to say but need to make up the words.

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Exceptional

So real, Maxine Peake makes you believe every word of her performance .Deeply moving I hope all the health professionals involved in IVF listen to this.

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illuminating and sad

Great performance by Maxine Peake. A raw, desperate look at the reality of infertility and IVF.

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Brilliant portrait of the pain of childlessness

The performance was faultless and the story was an emotional insight into fertility treatment and the pain of longing

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  • 27-09-20

Stupidest story ever!

Wow; was that a waste of time! This story has no resolution whatsoever. I wish I had never listened to this story.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 13-02-21

Incredible

The author tells a fascinating story of living through a maze of experiences, hoping to have a child. I was drawn in. The narrator was excellent and the sound effects minimal and well done.