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30 January–3 February 2018


Written and performed by Joanne Ryan

“I read somewhere that 10,000 of a woman’s eggs die a day. I’ll be lucky if I have enough left to make an omelette!”

Funny. Tender. Moving. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes.

Thinking outside the box in an effort to decide what to do with her own, eh, box, no stone is left unturned in this journey of extremes as she tries to figure out…

Should making a life for oneself involve making another?

Eggsistentialism is a comedic, autobiographical journey charting the madcap odyssey writer/performer Joanne Ryan embarked upon while trying to decide in her final fertile years whether or not to have a child.

WINNER – Lustrum Award for Best Festival Moment
WINNER – Best Storytelling Bouquet
WINNER – Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award

Close to a masterpiece: intelligent, thoughtful, wry, funny, and above all, loving.
—The Sunday Independent
Hilarious. Impeccable comic timing and captivating stage presence.
—The Irish Times
★★★★½ A well written and honest performance that will make you stop and think, as well as laugh with joy.
—The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Important...relatable...elevates a thoughtful personal piece into something more universally political.
—The Scotsman


Joanne Ryan



Joanne Ryan


Veronica Coburn


Veronica Coburn


Neil O Driscoll

Sound Design

Sinead Diskin

Set/Lighting Design

Pauric Hackett

Costume Design

Suzanne Keogh
Standard £15
Concession £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Post-show talks

Wednesday 31 January
Joanne Ryan and Daniella Isaacs (Hear Me Raw) discuss creating solo work to challenge issues around women's health and mental health.

Running time: 65 minutes approximately .

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Joanne Ryan

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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