Orlando

Orlando

Orlando is a work in development. It's about parenting and progress, life, death and family.

On Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 I wake up in an armchair at the NeoNatal intensive care unit of Wellington Hospital. My wife is asleep in the wards after a long, tough labour. Our son is alive, but only just.

A kind, practical NICU nurse walks hesitantly toward me with a brown paper gift bag.

"Well. Happy Father’s Day"

Not unlike Virginia Woolf's titular character it seems I have gone to bed a woman and awoken a man. I feel terrified and also elated. Freed from one set of rules, conned by another?

Co-created by Jessie Alsop & Jade Eriksen

Contains: suicide, gender dysphoria, birth trauma.