THE TURMERIC TRAIL
What can you do while Good Grief is in the room?
Berlin is a passionate python owner whose aunt, wrestling with a psychosis, comes to stay while she is on the brink of exams she can’t afford to fail. In her room, someone else – Good Grief – isn’t putting their bags down or going anywhere …
BERLIN: ” …You can’t just kick family out, even if they are a python, but there are certain things that get in the way of studying. Like turmeric. I’ve already told you about the anti-depression chamber, her room, and how Aunty loves yellow, but now her fingers are always stained yellow and the kitchen benches are constantly stained a blotchy yellow, because she is so obsessed with turmeric. Turmeric root, turmeric fresh grated, in everything, in tea. On toast. Soups. Every single made meal, She says it acts like an antibiotic, and that antibiotics are becoming useless to us and we need to change back, and she’s maybe got a point about all that, but she gargles it. She gargles turmeric. And it is really hard to hide her illness when we go out because she’s made herself so yellow. She even painted her sneakers yellow. When they weren’t. Or weren’t supposed to be. Anyway, back to George. One day he will want to eat me. That’s just natural. But it’s up to me to make sure I don’t get near enough for him to stun me into that state where he can do that”
Supported by Imaginate’s Accelerator program, shared with audiences as a work-in-progress at The Traverse Theatre’s First Stages & for Ideas Exchange. Cast: Aunty: Liz Strange | Berlin: Angie Cassidy | Good Grief: Sean Hay
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