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Rose Matafeo: ‘Having a kid is the death of a certain kind of life’

The New Zealand comic opens up about millennial anxieties over parenthood, nerdy interests and the perils of dating comedians

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Wear a prosthetic bump, fake a bloody water birth and share your plans for motherhood with a parade of strangers: this seems like a devious form of torture for an anxiety-prone millennial, ambivalent about having children but conscious of her biological clock. Yet it was an act of sadism that New Zealand comedian and 2018 Edinburgh comedy award winner Rose Matafeo willingly went through when starring in Baby Done, a sweet if acerbic romcom about bracing for parenthood at a time in life when other paths seem possible – even preferable.

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