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New Writing + LGBT+ + A Queer Interrogation


A gay couple navigate the long, exposing road to adoption

This show is part of A Queer Interrogation. Explore the season & find out more here!



"We’re not the new normal. We’re the new f*cking extraordinary."


Zeb & Eoin have met, kissed, fallen in love, moved in, got married... What’s next?

Zeb will be Fun Daddy.

Eoin will be Serious Daddy.

Beth’s job is to decide if they get to be Daddies at all.

Together they navigate the exposing road to adoption, forced to lay bare fears and secrets, all in the hope of being deemed "appropriate" parents.

Written by Barry McStay (Vespertilio), directed by Matthew Iliffe (Off-West End Award Winner, Bacon), Breeding is a funny, moving drama about parenthood, queer families & enduring love.





'A tremendously enjoyable & moving tragi-comedy' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby


'Incredibly fascinating... One of my favourite new plays I’ve seen for a really long time★★★★★ Mickey Jo Theatre


'Long overdue as a subject to find its place in the canon of modern queer theatre★★★★★ Jack The Lad


'Beautiful, honest, & raw storytelling done terrifically well★★★★ Theatre Weekly


'Sterling performances from all actors... Clever, funny writing & intelligent★★★★ The Reviews Hub


'A triad of powerhouse performances... Bejewelled with thought-provoking discussions throughout★★★★ Gay London Life


'A heartwarming & wholesome experience that stands strongly as a powerful piece of writing★★★★ Theatre & Tonic


'Has that winning combination of a genuine heart & real, thought-provoking questions★★★★ All That Dazzles


'Little nuggets of comedy brilliance... Thought-provoking & wholesome★★★★ Adventures In Theatreland


'Entertaining & connecting with its audience through the purity of its dialogue★★★★ First Night Magazine


'The privilege was all mine to escape into the couple’s world for an hour... I’m glad it exists' ★★★★ Hamza Jahanzeb




Zeb | Dan Nicholson
Eoin | Barry McStay
Beth | Aamira Challenger

Author | Barry Mcstay
Producer | Gabriella Sills Productions
Associate Producer | Mark Gatiss
Director | Matthew Iliffe
Intimacy Director | Jess Tucker-Boyd
Set & Costume Designer | Ceci Calf
Lighting Designer | Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Designer | Julian Starr
Stage Manager | Lamesha Ruddock 
Casting Consultant | Nadine Rennie CDG
Production Photography | Ed Rees 

Ticket Price

£10 - £27.50


19 Apr - 7 May


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 65 mins approx.
Age Guidance | 15+
Content Warnings | Strong language. References to homphobia, drug use, self-harm, illness, cancer, bereavement, infertility.


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