SHORT ORT AND SWEET with ALI­SON BELL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Columnist -

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.

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