Chris Forrest stumbles onto the stage, laden with every child-care contraption imaginable. He places a wicker crib on its stand and then dramatically throws brightly coloured toys, a Disney-themed backpack, and other contraptions to the floor, before turning to address the crowd. A baby carrier is strapped to his chest, fake baby included.
Chris Forrest performs in the one man comedy, Who’s Your Daddy? At Scout’s Hall, Grahamstown, 03 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Forrest relates his experience becoming a father for the first time. Photo: CuePix / Jane Berg.
Forrest proceeds to acquaint himself with the crowd. He quickly categorises the audience into parents, expectant parents and, as he calls the final group, “nonbreeders”. The two couples who are expecting babies are the lucky recipients of various bits of advice from Forrest about what exactly a man should anticipate during the three trimesters of his partner’s pregnancy.
According to Forrest, the first rule that a man should learn when dealing with a pregnant woman is: “Never argue”. Forrest makes a point of continuously returning to this rule and emphasising its importance. We suspect he’s had personal experience. He then gives numerous examples of what happens if you choose to ignore the cardinal rule, leaving us howling with sympathetic laughter.
The rest of the show details a man’s view on every important aspect of the three trimesters of pregnancy. He adds trimester four, which encompasses the first few months of the baby’s life. Most of his advice is spot on and highly amusing. His portrayal of women who want to touch stranger’s babies was a highlight; he nails the accents, pitch and wording of what women say when they see a cute baby in a public place.
Even as a “nonbreeder”, I found this show highly amusing and relevant to the, honestly, rather small amount that I know about having children. I even learned a thing or two.
Cue student reporter
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