Kiri Pritchard-McLean @ Pleasance Courtyard

Appropriate Adult is an honest and funny show from a fantastic performer

Review by Jenni Ajderian | 14 Aug 2017
  • Kiri Pritchard-McLean

As a child of the 80s, Kiri Pritchard-McLean is in a generation obsessed with doing the right thing and having enough money to do it. When it comes to having and caring for children, Pritchard-McLean is interested in adoption, and in the challenge of being both a good and cool mum. In Appropriate Adult she discusses the last year of her life and her attempts to be a good role model to a young girl at a youth club, and takes us off on tangents to discuss her own background and experience, too. In a tight and highly structured show, Pritchard-McLean implores us to use our time wisely and to recognise what it means to think you are the centre of your own universe, and try to figure out what’s going on in someone else’s.

Speaking wholeheartedly about her attempts to make a difference in someone else’s life, she’s always quick to give voice to her own inner monologue and congratulate herself on being good, then criticise herself for doing that. Pritchard-McLean appears highly aware of how she is Supposed to Act, and keen to knock herself down when she starts feeling too pious about it. No punches are pulled, and an interesting story backed up with research and experience.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult, Pleasance Courtyard (The Attic), until 28 Aug, 8.15pm, £7-10