Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: That Boy

This story chronicles the day to day existence of the mother of an undiagnosed child who is obliviously “on the spectrum”

This shines a spotlight on our society’s inability to deal with children who do not fit the mold
5

Presented by Holden Street Theatres and Martha Lott
Reviewed 17 February 2021

Motherhood is fraught with danger, even more so when your child is not ‘normal’ (whatever that is) and solo parenting always brings extra stress. This story chronicles the day to day existence of the mother of an undiagnosed child who is obliviously “on the spectrum”.

Martha Lott’s original concept, aided by Lyn Pike and Anne Brookman, has been written by a collective of Lott with Yasmin Gurreeboo (who also directed) and Nescha Jelk. The result is a solo performance by Lott which shines a spotlight on our society’s inability to deal with children who do not fit the mould. The mother details her frustration with her son, the authorities and the lack of support.

This piece is raw but heartbreakingly human, using satire and humour to deal with subjects that appear too depressing. It shows her struggle to break the dark vicious circle of uncaring bureaucracy.

Meg Wilson’s set allows the story to unfold amongst the all too familiar child’s bedroom mess. A stellar performance by Lott makes this a very vivid picture.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  The Studio Holden Street Theatres
Season:  16 Feb 2021 – 21 March 2021
Duration: 70mins
Tickets:  $20-$28
Bookings: http://holdenstreettheatres.com/index.php/HST-Fringe-Programs/hst-adelaide-fringe-2021/boy 

Please be advised this show includes references to Suicide/Self-Harm

Rating out of 5: 5

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