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Springboard: About 500
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Springboard: About 500

With only ‘about 500’ ovulations, it’s a woman’s race against time

“D’you realise that, as a woman, I’ll probably have no more than about 500 ovulations in my entire life? And for most of those, I’ve been either too young or too single or too whatever…”

Clem loves her job and loves her fella and is totally convinced she doesn’t want kids.  Until, aged 37, she suddenly decides that maybe she does….

About 500 is a witty emotional rollercoaster that explores women’s relationship with time and their fertility. This award-winning play is drawn from verbatim interviews with women of all ages, including leading experts in the field.

Free Post Show Q&A on Saturday 23 April, 3 pm (after the 2 pm matinee)

Karin Enfield Operations Director for Gateway Women

Anya Sizer Fertility Network UK

Dr Zeynep Gurtin Sociologist of Reproduction and Gender. Lecturer in Women's Health at the Institute for Women's Health at UCL

Zaina Mahmoud Research Associate, London Women's Clinic




Starring Stephanie Fuller, Joanna Nevin and Dickon Farmar

Written and Directed Simona Hughes

Dramaturg Melissa Dunne

Movement Director Mandy Gordon

Designer Nic Farr

Composer/Sound Jack Baxter

Lighting Designer Ryan Day

Producer Brucu Conn

Ticket Price

£10 - 18


19 - 23 April


King's Head Theatre



"The emotional journey this takes you on stays with you for days on end..." BioNews 

"Hughes' warm, deeply informed, emotionally mature script reimagines the many ways fertility has affected so many of our relationships and friendships…." ★★★★1/2 The Reviews Hub

"About 500 written and directed by Simona Hughes balances humour, anger, hurt and depression in a sensitive, caring and informative manner" ★★★★ Theatre and Arts reviews 

"Through clever direction and dynamic storytelling, About 500 brings difficult and often unheard conversations about fertility to the stage, reminding us what fringe theatre is made for." Everything Theatre


We are committed to ensuring that tickets for performances in this festival are affordable, with a limited number being made available at £10 for every performance. We ask that if you’re able to, please consider paying a bit more for your ticket. It makes a big difference to the artists behind every show you see and ensures we’re able to continue offering affordable ticket prices. Seating for this production is unallocated, if you have any specific access requirements then get in contact with us by email [email protected] or phone 0207 226 8561


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