Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

credit: Michael Burke

One-man cabaret of gay foster dad

Two Kittens and a Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) is Christopher Wilson's autobiographical one-man cabaret about a gay, white suburban man fostering a black teenage girl. Through his songs, Wilson explores questions of cultural understanding, unconditional love and compassion, while also expressing his love for Whitney Houston.

Wilson is a true musical performer, with a rich voice and warm presence that fill the stage. Challenges _ learning to deal with ethnic hairdos, teenage angst and menstruation _ are expressed through witty songs and monologues. The music to anecdotes ratio is well balanced and pushes the pace nicely.

The performance is impressively smooth, even to the point of slickness. This is forgivable thanks to Wilson's impeccable storytelling skills, which allow him to combine light-hearted memories with emotional depth – the issues of mental health and addiction are brought about in an unexpected way that is all the more impactful.

Two Kittens and a Kid is a powerful performance that manages to be both entertaining and incredibly poignant. It paints a tender picture of a lively teenager, in a very emotional homage that demonstrates the ability of clever storytelling and cabaret to be funny, moving and deeply personal.

theSpace on the Mile, until 20 Aug (not 14), 7.30pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

  • 4 stars

Christopher Wilson – Beyond Boundaries A gay, white, suburban man suddenly becomes 'Mr Mom' to an adolescent, black, urban girl. White-knuckled on a roller coaster of teenage angst, this new parent falls off the precipice into the mystery of black hair, menstruation, boyz, and ultimately mental health and addiction. Often…