Sarah McDonald-Hughes

Plays by Sarah McDonald-Hughes

How To Be A Kid  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Sarah McDonald-Hughes' How To Be A Kid is play for young audiences, about how children cope when they are forced to take responsibility for adults in the family. It was first produced by Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre, and first performed in Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Theatr Clwyd on 24 June 2017. It went on to win Best Play for Young Audiences at the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards.

The play's action centres on twelve-year-old Molly who, following the death of her Nan, finds herself caring for both her younger brother, Joe, and her Mum, who has been left unable to cope with the situation. After a brief period in care, Molly is reunited with her family, where things seem to have improved, but not for long.

The premiere production was directed by James Grieve and performed by Hasan Dixon, Sally Messham and Katie Elin-Salt (as Molly).

Sarah McDonald-Hughes is an actor and writer, and Co-Artistic Director of Monkeywood Theatre. Her plays include How To Be A Kid, Sherbet, Multi Story and Once in a House on Fire.