I Made an Adult

Midnight in the kitchen. With her youngest child about to turn 18, a mother faces her greatest challenge yet: one final chance to make the Women’s Weekly birthday cake look like the picture. But as she turns the cookbook’s pages and her memories are stirred, she uncovers a truth she knows she can’t hide from her child. A bittersweet story of beaten eggs, spilt milk and the sifted years of childhood.

The fourth in the trilogy

It’s the fourth show I wrote, but I think if I ever showed this as part of a series it would come third after Pearls and The Forgettory. So I’m calling it the fourth in the trilogy, but that trilogy is shifting as I add a new piece each year.

At the heart of this show is the relationship between a parent and a child. When I started writing, I intended it to be an extremely lighthearted piece with a series of anecdotes between me and my children. But as I wrote, I was drawn to exploring the complexities of the relationship between a parent and a child. In particular, I was fascinated by the layering that happens between your relationship with your parents as you become a parent yourself.

Enhanced program notes and image descriptions

I have recorded three audio guides and uploaded them to my soundcloud page. Transcripts of the guides are available here. Those three guides are described below:

  • An audio version of the enhanced program notes is available here. The notes are intended to give people with a visual impairment some added context to the show. Although the show is strongly grounded in the script, there are some lighting cues and movements intended to convey added meaning to the script, and I describe these in the notes. 
  • Throughout the performance some images are projected onto a screen at the back of the stage. An audio guide of the image descriptions is available here.
  • An audio version of the program provided to audience members is here.

This is the first time I’ve written enhanced program notes. In learning how to write these notes, I’ve been working with Maria Oshodi at Extant. Please note that I have completed the guides myself, and any errors or omissions are most definitely mine! If you use the notes and you’d like to offer feedback, please do get in touch. I’ll be doing them for all my shows, so the feedback will definitely be useful. 

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