Presented by Northern Ireland's c21 Theatre Company in a Special Engagement
May 16-25, 2024
Charis McRoberts
Stephen Kelly
US Premiere

Shauna and Robbie are expecting… different things. Shauna expects motherhood won’t be easy. Robbie can’t wait to be a dad. Then she arrives. Encountering financial difficulties alongside the arrival of baby Aisling and the barriers Shauna faces, Robbie spirals. Can Shauna and Robbie adjust their expectations and find a way back to one another? Will they sink or swim? Break down barriers with c21 Theatre Company with this accessible new show as Shauna and Robbie plunge into parenthood.

Developed in collaboration with deaf artist Paula Clarke and featuring both deaf and hearing artists, this poetic one-act play explores experiences unique to deaf and hearing couples.


DC Theater Arts Review

“With the multiple means of communicating from spoken dialogue, to lip reading, sign language, and written projections, director Kelly has built a more accessible theatrical experience for the Deaf community. At the same time this elegant methodology raises awareness for hearing audience members.”

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Broadway World Review

“In Expecting, the stellar performances of Paula Clarke and Eoghan Lamb elevate the production… Clarke and Lamb adeptly navigate the play’s tonal shifts, seamlessly transitioning between comedic, serious, and tender moments with a believability that captivates the audience.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“The acting is riveting… the duo are a convincing portrait of struggling parents, particularly in the wake of childhoods that have left their own marks. Stephen Kelly’s direction… evokes a keen appreciation for the talents of Lamb and Clarke.”

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About c21 Theatre Company

c21 is a Northern Irish touring theatre company that champions new stories with an eye to international audiences and festivals. Their mission is to embrace traditional, digital and interactive methods as well as site-specific projects, to deliver enriching and memorable experiences in the heart of communities, and to collaborate with public and private organizations, education, and tourism. LEARN MORE

Charis McRoberts

Charis McRoberts is a writer from Belfast Northern Ireland, a BBC New Creative & one of thirteen poets selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introduction Series 2020. Previous audio work includes Four (Rural Media, BBC Arts), Ballynahinch (United Kingdoms, BBC Radio 4) & The Raven’s Call (Tinderbox, BBC Radio Ulster). Charis has been commissioned across the UK & Ireland by companies and theatres including the Common Wealth Games, BBC, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Wolverhampton Grand, the Birmingham Museum and Kabosh Theatre, amongst others. She believes art should be used as a vehicle for change and never dreamed it possible that her words would be performed on this side of the Atlantic.

Paula Clarke
Eoghan Lamb
Production Team
Stephen Kelly
Stage Manager
Sophie Thompson