Is Kerbs the Belgrade’s most ground-breaking show yet?
The world premiere of the show about disability in relationships and sex is being held right here in Cov - here's five things you should know about it
It tackles taboos of disability in relationships
This is your rom-com with a difference – yes, it’s about a blossoming relationship and the pressure of that first romantic break away, but this time the protagonists are Lucy and David, who are both disabled and wheelchair users. It follows their journey to find intimacy on their getaway to a caravan park in Minehead. Not your usual material that treads the boards, so we’re fascinated how this play will explore taboos around sex, disability and the logistics of a romantic relationship when disability is a factor.
The writer is disabled and began writing Kerbs five years ago
Michael Southan says he’s always been fascinated with words, language and speech. He’d written a bit as a student but in 2017 started Graeae’s Write To Play development programme, with five other disabled writers. He began writing Kerbs during that year and is clearly a talented writer looking at how far it’s come.
Tissues at the ready! It focuses on connection and togetherness
Anyone else finding the tear-jerker moments are are little more frequent atm? With the pandemic massively affecting our emotions, this play is a poignant exercise in empathy and connections, whoever you are. It’s also a celebration of bringing people together over a shared experience, and a conversation-starting topic at that.
*GASP* It portrays sex on stage
How often have you seen sex between two disabled people in film or on stage? Kerbs wants to break the mould and remind people all humans have stories, thoughts and desires regardless of disabilities.
The writer is from the Midlands
The writer is born and raised in the Midlands (Wolverhampton to be exact) and is chuffed to bits that the place his first play is making its debut is in the City of Culture. Make a night of it with our fabulous local food and drink offerings – there’s the cool Belgrade Café onsite and the Nineteen 58 bar where you can grab a glass of wine too.
Kerbs runs from 26 Feb to 5 March. Click here to book or call Belgrade Theatre 024 7655 3055. Tickets from £10.