Preview: Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)
How sitcom premises play out in real life
This article is from 2016.
Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) tells the autobiographical story of Christopher Wilson's foster parenting journey. A gay white dad raising a troubled black adolescent girl sounds like a box-ticking sitcom pitch, but in reality, Wilson was forced to negotiate a series of profound emotional challenges to care for someone who has little care for themselves.
Wilson is keen that the work should not be seen as all doom and gloom. 'This piece is layered with frivolity, humour and levity', he says. 'My parenting journey with my foster daughter was full of nuance, rich in anecdotes, and fierce in emotional challenge.
'My intention is to encourage the audience to personally engage with me,' he continues. 'I am capitalising on the intimacy of this work in its performance space, hoping that the audience will feel comfortable and intrigued about being invited into my personal world.'
Although at first glance it may seem too deeply personal a topic for the construct of cabaret, Wilson believes that his desire to make performance was born out of a compulsion to express rather than repress inner demons and challenges; music feels like the ideal medium to explore such a poignant story.
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