Adelaide Fringe 2013

Abdicating Adulthood

0 Comments 16 March 2013

Abdicating Adulthood


You know those stickers – the ones that many people adhere to their suburban SUVs that insipidly inform uninterested passers-by about the members of their family? Nikki Britton finds them about as enjoyable as licking shit off the hoof of a goat, and if you’re any kind of self-respecting person you’ll agree. In fact, Britton has rather a talent for critiquing those aspects of life that make you want set yourself on fire, especially when it comes to life goals (or lack thereof).

Britton, who is especially proud of her review of a whopping 4.5 stars in the Advertiser, is a 29-going-on-that-which-shall-not-be-named ‘adult’, whose inner fat kid isn’t going away anytime soon. She’s not afraid to admit that she doesn’t enjoy baby showers, or that she’s overwhelmingly attracted to pale, red-headed Scottish men, or that her greatest talents include playing the air xylophone and executing interpretive dances to Alanis Morrissette.

Britton’s enthusiastic and insightful approach to life is a breath of fresh air, especially to those who may be having existential crises themselves. Finally, here is someone who understands that adulthood may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, and that most of us just want to hide under a blanket until the nasty growing-up monster goes away. Britton is magnificently vulgar and outspoken; but she still manages to succinctly demonstrate her points, even if she does have to check her notes now and again.

But amid all of the hysterically crude wise-cracks about Jesus’s toleration of ejaculation, the undeniably sexual nature of bumpy roads, and any part of the vagina that you care to think of, she drives home a single point: that you shouldn’t give up on your dreams just because you grow up. When people are children they dream of being actors, princesses, and firemen (or in this author’s case, a professional athlete), and when they become older they lose sight of their dreams. They become aware that they should adhere to a certain social ideal, one that will provide financial and emotional stability. But then there are those, like Britton, who achieve the next level of enlightenment and go, ‘Fuck that – I do what I want.’ And that is the underlying message of her show: that life isn’t about doing things because you feel like you’re supposed to. You should do things because you want to.

And if you aren’t going to do what you want in life, then that can only really mean one thing – that you are responsible.

How dull.

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