Choose What You Pay15 – 16 FEB, 6PM & 17 FEB, 1PM

First Trimester

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This groundbreaking performance offers a rare opportunity to contribute to and witness queer family-making.

Embark on a journey with London-based performance artist Krishna Istha as they search for the ‘perfect’ sperm donor. First Trimester explores human connection and parenthood, challenging expectations and redefining what it means to create a family as a transgender person.

In the Aotearoa premiere of this one-of-a-kind durational experience, fresh from it's world premiere in London, First Trimester invites you to witness intimate live interviews between Krishna and 100s of participants, in a quest to find them and their partner a sperm donor, or at least discover the qualities that bring them closer to their perfect match.

Krishna asks questions that range from funny to serious, from matter-of-fact information to philosophical perspectives in order to make the ultimate connection.

"Did you grow up with pets?”

“Where do you store your memories?”

“Are you kind?"

And, most importantly for Krishna, "Have you watched The Princess Diaries?"

Audience members are invited to watch as the interviews unfold, but are also welcome to sign-up as a participant as a prospective donor. We welcome participants aged 18 to 60+ from all backgrounds. Each interview is pivotal in helping Krishna get closer to finding the right donor. If you would like to sign up to participate, please visit: 

This is a durational performance. For weekday performances you can choose to stay for the full 3 hours. For Saturday performances you can either buy a ticket for the full 8 hours (plus a 1 hour break) or for 2 hour slots. All shows are sensory adapted and are relaxed. You are welcome to come and go from the space as you please with the slot you have selected.

The 15 February performance of First Trimester includes NZSL interpreters.

Commissioned by Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and Marlborough Productions.

Supported by Arts Council England and Auckland Pride