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It’s 2am. You’re awake. You two wee ones are awake. There are tears, stories, drinks of water, lullabies, snuffling, whingeing, and deep sighs. You’re all very tired, but no one is sleeping. So what do you do? Emily Writes was one such young mum who wrote down all her frustrations, posted it online, and finally fell asleep. Then, hey presto, over the next couple of days, the internet went crazy. Mainly because whatever Emily writes is full of truth, wit, and bucketloads of hilarity.
Her blogposts became a book, which became a theatre play, both called Rants in the Dark.
Six years after that initial rant, Emily has written two books and countless columns, newsletters and posts, and she still get messages from around the world from young mums who find comfort in what she writes. “The house is a mess, you’re overwhelmed and still in your pyjamas at 5 o’clock. But this is what motherhood is like, as well as being beautiful and stressful and joyous.”
The play is a reassurance that it’s okay for parents to be less than perfect. It’s also a hilarious night out. And if you've never been a theatre show before – this is a perfect way to start!
Rants in the Dark
Dunedin Arts Festival, Regent Theatre, April 17
Festival of Colour, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, April 15
See below for a preview for the theatre show Rants In The Dark playing at both the Dunedin Arts Festival and the Festival Of Colour: