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Preview: The Price Of Happiness at Newcastle Live Theatre

The Price Of Happiness
NewcastleLive Theatre
Tuesday 17th March

What's the cost of feeling you have to want the same things as everybody else?

Is it every little girl’s dream to be walked down the aisle feeling like a Disney princess, looking like she’s been swallowed by taffeta? What if you're more Light Water Valley lass than Disney Princess? And are we all wired to be baby-making machines? Would we all be good parents? What if your children got your eczema, your husband’s beard, but was a girl?

Kate Fox is a comedian and poet. She never wanted a big white wedding and got married in a lighthouse in a day that cost about £1000 in total. She's never wanted children either, rather spending her hard earned cash in Mango over Mothercare. The average cost of a wedding now is 24 thousand pounds, and a child a whopping 222 thousand.
What else could she spend that money on - (two thirds of a degree, a round the world trip or a waxwork of Tom Cruise?) Would she want to? Was it going to Girl Guides as a child that has put her off. Is there really such a thing as a maternal or paternal instinct and is there such a thing as the perfect formula for marriage or is it a tradition as outdated as Morris Dancing with only slightly fewer hankies and bells?

In this brand new series for BBC Radio 4, Kate explores some of the things that she definitely does not want to have from the viewpoint of someone who cheerfully fails to meet most of them in many respects, but are things she feels society is constantly reminding her she should. She asks her audience to help her decide whether A Big White Wedding and Babies are things she should actually want.


There will be a recording made at The Live Theatre in Newcastle on Tuesday 17th March at 8pm.
Tickets are totally FREE but must be booked and can be reserved here:

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