Dark hu­mour of sleep de­pri­va­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - FLASHBACK - By JIM CHIPP

How does a par­ent deal with a scream­ing child in the su­per­mar­ket?

Par­ent­ing guides tell you not to re­ward such be­hav­iour with a re­ac­tion, but it’s em­bar­rass­ing and what’s more the child is be­ing in­cred­i­bly dis­rup­tive to ev­ery­one within earshot.

And they’re all judg­ing your par­ent­ing.

What about the lit­tle boy who is just be­gin­ning to learn some words and chooses to use some of them with a loud an­nounce­ment while his mother is in the mall bath­room: ‘‘Mum weewee!’’

Lucy Ed­wards of Kapiti is mother to a 2-year-old. She said it was a dilemma.

‘‘You want to en­cour­age them, but you don’t want peo­ple look­ing at you,’’ she said.

Ed­wards and Gabriel Page have turned the ob­ser­va­tions of their first two years of par­ent­hood into a show for the 2015 New Zealand Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

‘‘Our whole life has changed since be­com­ing par­ents,’’ Ed­wards said.

There were not many mar­ried cou­ples in com­edy in New Zealand, and even fewer with chil­dren, she said.

‘‘The show is about the tough de­ci­sions we make – how much are you go­ing to tell them? Are you go­ing to tell them the truth?’’

There were pos­i­tives to par­ent­ing, she said.

You’re en­ti­tled to park in baby parks, leav­ing dis­abled parks free, and you can blame stay­ing home all week­end on the kids.

If you’re a bit gassy af­ter last night’s curry you have some­one to blame – ‘‘kinda like a dog you can bring on buses’’. You can play in play­grounds with­out look­ing creepy and you fi­nally have some­one to bring you prechewed food while you’re in the bath­room.

Page has done plenty of standup com­edy, solo and in va­ri­ety shows, and Ed­wards has acted in skit shows, in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion’s 7 Days. But Turn­ing An­other Page will be their first show to­gether.

Turn­ing An­other Page is part of the Com­edy Fes­ti­val. It opens at Bats Theatre on May 5.

To book or for in­for­ma­tion, visit bats.co.nz or phone 802 4176.

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