Jillian Lauren's Fringe show explores her history of harem, addiction and motherhood

This article is from 2012

Mother Tongue

Bestselling author extracts universal truths from extraordinary life story

It’s what primetime TV movies are made of. Aged just 18, writer and performer Jillian Lauren packed her bags and fled New York for the opulent world of Brunei. Summoned by playboy Prince Jefri she would live as part of his harem for almost two years. Addictions would follow, then recovery, before her best-selling memoir, the poignant page-turner Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. Almost two decades on, her Fringe debut, Mother Tongue, paves the way for the latest chapter in her life, her struggle to conceive and her decision to adopt her son from Ethopia with her husband, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner.

‘I’ve lived a life where out-of-the-ordinary things happen,’ smiles Lauren, the sense of understatement seldom lost on her. ‘I take my experiences and I try to pick out universal truths that people can relate to.

‘This feels different to the stories I’ve told before, it’s more relevant. This is who I am and this is where I am now: there are issues about motherhood there, but the story I have to tell goes beyond that.’

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 5 –15 Aug, 4pm, £9 (£7). Preview 4 Aug, £9 (£7).

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue is a multi-character, autobiographical performance piece written and performed by actor and bestselling author, Jillian Lauren. Revolving around the themes of adoption, blood, tribe and identity, Mother Tongue traces Jillian Lauren’s circuitous and humorous journey to get pregnant and, when that proves…

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