In a couple of weeks, I’m taking to the stage at St James Theatre with my show Twentysomething – The Quarter-Life Crisis Cabaret. From Facebook to flatshares, weddings to woeful bank accounts, career conundrums to chronically crap sex, the show aims to provide a big, funny musical hug to all those twentysomethings struggling to find their place in the world.
Because finding your place in the world in your twenties can be blooming difficult. I wrote the show (alongside my wonderful MD Joseph Atkins) because I was in a real twentysomething slump. My career was going nowhere, I was skint, single and felt like everyone was achieving life goals whilst I was just treading water, trying to stay afloat in a world that was attempting to drown me.
This quarter-life crisis thing is a new phenomenon, and one which I know I am not alone in feeling. We graduate from university, clutching our shiny (very expensive) degrees, and scurry off to the big city to achieve all our dreams and hopes. Sadly, before long, we realise that we’re working in a job we hate, paying a bazillion pounds for a flat that looks like a crack den and spending all our weekends attending other people’s weddings.
“But really, what I learned through writing the show, is that no one really knows what they’re doing”
But really, what I learned through writing the show, is that no one really knows what they’re doing. Even those who LOOK like they’ve got these glossy, pulled-together, social media perfect lives. Those feelings of uncertainty, of feeling like you’re supposed to have achieved certain things by a certain point, like you’re a failure who is never going to make anything of themselves and be a grown-up- those feelings are so REAL.
But I look around me, at all my friends who are doing things at their own pace, and being creative and not doing things by the book or according to any pre-meditated timeline that society has imposed, and I just think, you are being brave. We all are.
These are difficult, uncertain times to live in. I get instagram envy all the time, my bank account keeps looking at me on a Monday morning and saying “You can’t keep, like, doing this”, I still miss Boyzone and even now at the age of 28, I STILL don’t really understand what gnocchi is. But I’m doing my best and I’m working hard. And I suspect all those feeling any tinge of a quarter-life crisis are too.
I urge you to feel proud of yourselves. Proud of who you are and what you have achieved in your twenties.
So the show is about all these feelings. But with a huge dose of humour and hilarity thrown in for good measure. We knock back a few gins, share some terrible Tinder stories and feel nostalgic about the 90’s amidst it all too. So come! We’ll have a riot and I promise you’ll feel better about being in – or ever having been in – your twenties afterwards.