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How to Have a Baby and Not Lose Your Shit
New Writing

How to Have a Baby and Not Lose Your Shit

A darkly comic monologue about the challenges of pregnancy and first time motherhood

The consultant has a bald head and a deep calming voice. He tells me I need to chill out, recommends acupuncture.

I very nearly acu-punch him in the face. I don’t want a spa day, I want a baby. 

He doesn’t ask me if I’m banging anyone behind Pete’s back.

Alice is drowning under misguided medical advice, chirpy Insta-announcements and yet another fucking miscarriage. Stressed out and angry, Alice knows she’s not a good person. But does that mean she can’t be a good mum?

Introducing Michelle Luther as Alice, a woman struggling to navigate the absolute batshittery that is first time motherhood. 

How To Have A Baby And Not Lose Your Shit is a cathartic play about the messy, fucked up journey that is pregnancy and baby loss written by award winning parenting blogger Kirsty Smith (@eehbahmum) based on her Amazon Motherhood Top 5 Best selling book of the same name.  

Directed by star of stage and screen Lucy Speed.


Written by Kirsty Smith
Performed by Michelle Luther
Directed by Lucy Speed

Ticket Price

£12.50 - £16


5th October - 9th October


King's Head Theatre



"How To Have a Baby deals in an honest ,often funny and powerful way with an experience that so many people share but is rarely spoken about publicly" Mark Ravenhill

"Had me falling off my seat laughing one minute then trying to hold back tears the next. Michelle Luther is incredible in this one woman show…. reminded me of all the reasons I’m glad to be past the baby stage.. then I remembered I have a teenager!"  Simone Lahbib, Actor & Director 

"A production that bends from hilarity to harrowing to back again in the blink of an eye. Brilliant" Tracey Wilkinson, Actor and Director

"I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting THAT. Masterful writing, performance and direction for HTHABANLYS - I want nothing more than to see it succeed. It’s funny, heartbreaking and important" Simon Bailey, West End Star

"I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or cried so hard in a play. All I can say is that the whole thing was electric"  Carla F, Mum of two

"Still thinking about this INCREDIBLE play and the electrifying power of the performance this deserves to be everywhere"  Tracey C


This production runs for approximately 60 minutes with no interval. 


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