…a story about the power of our thoughts to create our reality through the eyes of an animal-obsessed teenager whose psychotic aunt comes to stay while she is on the brink of exams she can’t afford to fail.
Through my work directing and devising with children and young artists, I hear a lot of stories that suggest being under pressure and having to manage in-house stresses among that pressure… often stresses that include a family member (or several) struggling with an illness, and/or an addiction. The impetus to care and nurture is so often woven into what aspirations are evolving. And so often ‘life’ gets in the way of what we want. The power of the imagination to not only choose how we react to what is, but to change how we see things, is something that keeps re-surfacing. As does the power of perception to change our reality. Much of this has informed my playwrighting to date and I am struck my how common these stories are in young people’s personal lives but how silent they are on stage.
So, The Tumeric Trail is an adventure in perception really..and it has only just begun. I managed to catch the character’s voice for wee while the other day, and she said:
I’ve already told you about the anti-depression chamber, her room, and how Aunt Jules 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 eat me.”
Accelerator is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.