SHORT ORT AND SWEET with ALISON BELL
Yyou hadhd your firstfi bbaby b practically minutes before the ABC picked up The Letdown, your sitcom about motherhood. That’s quite a commitment to method acting… There was definitely no acting necessary to achieve that didishevelled,hlld sleepl deprived look. My co-creator Sarah [Scheller] is a mother of two so we had plenty of traumatic, ridiculous, humiliating stories to work with. We love a parenting fail/life hack as much as the next exhausted workingki mother. Care to share a survival tip? Despite avoiding sugar for two years, I’m now known to use chocolate as a bribe for childcare. And bread and fruit, that’s a balanced midweek meal isn’t it? You’ve also done a lot of Shakespeare. Do the lines stick with you, like the two paragraphs of Romeo And Juliet we’ve all hung onto since high school? Oh yes. Juliet’s “Gallop apace you fiery footed steeds” can never be erased. In general, do you prefer or tragedy? comedy I am drawn to the paradoxes of the human condition, the joy and despair of motherhood – or sad clowns, my favourite. The Letdown airs 9.35pm Wednesdays, on ABC TV.