(Orlando) The Fish Eat The Softest Parts First - Presented by TAHI Festival 2021
Co-created by Jessie Alsop & Jade Eriksen.
Orlando is a work in development. It's about parenting and progress, life, death and family.
On Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 I wake up in an armchair at the NeoNatal intensive care unit of Wellington Hospital. My wife is asleep in the wards after a long, tough labour. Our son is alive, but only just.
A kind, practical NICU nurse walks hesitantly toward me with a brown paper gift bag.
"Well. Happy Father’s Day"
Not unlike Virginia Woolf's titular character, it seems I have gone to bed a woman and awoken a man. I feel terrified and also elated. Freed from one set of rules, conned by another?
Contains: suicide, gender dysphoria, birth trauma.
A celebration of solo performance, TAHI is a five-day Festival 19-23 October at BATS Theatre dedicated to showcasing the finest and most engaging solo theatre from all around Aotearoa.
19-23 October 2021 | BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
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