CYNTHIA Pickering’s new cabaret is stuffed with ‘hot potatoes’ surrounding the first five years of parenthood.
From vaccinations to C-sections – nothing is off limits for the Mosman Park writer-performer and homegrown mum of two.
“We talk about things that have sometimes divided people. I remember going to playgroup after I vaccinated my son George and one of the mums said to me: ‘That’s just such a load of sh*t,” Pickering said.
“The fire in my belly from that comment! The tiger in me really came out: the instinct to protect my own child.”
The musical theatre WAAPA graduate has a lot to say about child rearing, drawing from her experiences of raising two boys, aged seven and eight, and a background in social sciences.
“There is a bit of drama in the show too because my children are very active: they are real runners and nearly drowned and one was hit by a bus. He rode his bike onto the road – he’s completely fine, which is a miracle,” she said.
“So we’ve been to emergency quite a few times.”
Pickering – whose previous work, SKIN DEEP – A Clinically Proven Cabaret was nominated for Best Cabaret FRINGEWORLD 2015 – performs alongside three fellow mums and a dad, weaving their personal tales into the script.
“We hope to be a bit funny, but you can’t go through the first five years of parenting and just be funny,” Pickering said.
“I do think that we don’t reflect as a society enough on what is good enough for our kids.
“This show is an opportunity to press pause and reflect on your own experiences and others’ too and there’s a sense of gratitude that comes through because in many ways we don’t really have too many things to worry about.”
What: The First Five Years – A Mother of a Cabaret
When: February 9-11, 15-18
Where: Hellenic Community Centre, (opposite The Pleasure Garden)