Drawing on her own unconventional upbringing, composer, Tanya Holt, takes the audience on a foray through comedy, live music and original animation to the dark heart of growing-up and the dark arts of parenting.
Cautionary Tales for Daughters brings its razor-sharp satirical song writing and gut-punching lyricism to London’s Jermyn Street Theatre this January.
Tales of the hapless, feckless and foolish stand as stark warnings. Meet Cherry – the Amazing YoYo Girl, an obsessive dieter caught between gluttony and vanity; Chanel – The Labelled Girl, whose criminal obsession with designer clothes leads to her grisly demise; and fickle Princess Sylvia who only realises she could have had anything and anyone when it’s too late.
Arabella Dair learns that youth, good looks and cheesecake are soon gone, but cyberspace goes on and on.
It’s Not OK is a heart-rending compilation of true and sometimes disturbing real-life stories drawn from group discussions undertaken with men and women in Lambeth, London, where Tanya lives.
Real-life stories submitted by the public cast a playful, sometimes painfully honest, light on the challenges, travails and triumphs of parenthood.
As part of the performance the audience get to anonymously contribute their own words of caution and advice.
“I wanted to turn an unflinching eye on the mistakes I’ve made, both as a young woman, and as a mother trying to find the best way to bring up my daughter in the 21st century” says Tanya.
“Should I own up to my mistakes? Would knowing them help Dotty get on in life? What is the right advice and when and how should I deliver it?”
Cautionary Tales for Daughter will play at Jermyn Street Theatre from January 30 – February 11.
Tanya Holt talks about the show ahead of its Ed Fringe debut in 2015