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The D Word

“An entertaining solo show”
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This is a true story. Jordan Waller was born in 1992, the child of two lesbians. His natural mum, the lucky recipient of a vial of sperm from an anonymous donor. And his other mum, Dawn, a woman with whom he struggles to define his relationship, particularly after his parents split up.

The D Word, written and performed by Waller and directed by Max Gill, is essentially a very actorly stand-up show. Waller stands on a bare stage, occasionally making use of a projector screen behind him, taking the audience through his life story, his relationship with his parents, and his search for his actual father – donor number 24602.

Waller has had a dad-shaped hole at the centre of his life, and this is his desperate search to fill it. A desperate, misguided search for answers, for a male role-model, and ultimately for identity.

The writing isn’t particularly sophisticated. Those underlying themes aren’t sufficiently drawn out, and the jokes are flat and contrived, although there is one particularly funny one: “I’m a modern man – I eat hummus and suck cock,” quips Waller (he’s also gay, as it turns out).

What elevates the show, though, is Waller himself. He has a slightly smarmy, slightly camp charisma, which he deploys to good effect throughout, sauntering about the stage in a shirt and wincingly tight trousers, jauntily flicking his eyebrows and imperiously waving his hands around. It’s a winning comic performance, in an imperfect but highly personal play.

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Production Details
Production nameThe D Word
VenueVaults
LocationLondon
StartsFebruary 13, 2019
EndsFebruary 17, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorJordan Waller
DirectorMax Gill
Lighting designerMatthew Swithinbank
CastJordan Waller
ProducerEllie Keel, Heretic Productions
VerdictAn underdeveloped but entertaining true story about a man's search for his sperm donor dad
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