Book a babysitter, because tickets to the most hilariously unfiltered theatre show about parenthood, Emily Writes’ Rants in the Dark, go on presale today.
The brilliant new play based on popular writer Emily Writes’ blog-turned-best-selling-book, Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another, opens at Auckland Live’s Bruce Mason Centre on May 16for a strictly three-day season.
Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play revels in the raw truth of parenthood (and grandparenthood) and its ‘mess of contradictions’. It is a biting antidote to judgmental supermarket-tutterers and plane-smirkers everywhere.
The play has been adapted for the stage by writer and performer Mel Dodge, award-winning directorLyndee-Jane Rutherford and Good Times Company producer Bevin Linkhorn, and stars three of New Zealand’s top actors, Renee Lyons (Funny Girls, 800 Words), Bronwyn Turei (Go Girls, Shortland Street – The Musical) and Amelia Reid-Meredith (Shortland Street).
Emily Writes is the editor of The Spinoff Parents and has been a columnist for media outlets includingStuff, NZ Herald and NZ Women’s Weekly. She edits her own website emilywrites.co.nz, has written two books, and has two children. Her writing, which often focuses on issues related to parenting but also includes features and reviews, is hugely popular due to its eloquence and candid style – a charm which is replicated in the play.
The book Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another was the natural progression from the successful blog Writes started in the wee small hours while feeding her first baby, in a valiant attempt to reclaim her adult brain. Following her first post – Fuck off, I’m grateful – Writes woke to nearly a million hits and over 15,000 emails in her inbox.
The Auckland season of Rants in the Dark follows a four-week premiere season at Wellington’s Circa Theatre earlier this year and, prior to that, a five night sell-out preview season at the 2018 Women’s Theatre Festival.
The Auckland Live season of Rants in the Dark runs May 16-18 at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre.