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CAUTIONARY TALES FOR DAUGHTERS Coming to Jermyn Street Theatre This Winter

Following its hugely acclaimed premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, Cautionary Tales for Daughters brings its "razor-sharp satirical song writing" (The Stage) and "gut-punching" (The Times) lyricism to Jermyn Street Theatre this January.

Drawing on her own unconventional upbringing, composer, Tanya Holt, takes the audience on a foray through comedy, live music and original animation to the dark heart of growing-up and the dark arts of parenting.

Tales of the hapless, feckless and foolish stand as stark warnings. Meet Cherry - the Amazing YoYo Girl, an obsessive dieter caught between gluttony and vanity; Chanel - The Labelled Girl, whose criminal obsession with designer clothes leads to her grisly demise; and fickle Princess Sylvia who only realises she could have had anything and anyone when it's too late. Arabella Dair learns that youth, good looks and cheesecake are soon gone, but cyberspace goes on and on. Be careful what you share folks!

It's Not OK is a heart-rending compilation of true and sometimes disturbing real-life stories drawn from group discussions undertaken with men and women in Lambeth, London, where Tanya lives.

Real-life stories submitted by the public cast a playful, sometimes painfully honest, light on the challenges, travails and triumphs of parenthood. As part of the performance the audience get to anonymously contribute their own words of caution and advice.

"I wanted to turn an unflinching eye on the mistakes I've made, both as a young woman, and as a mother trying to find the best way to bring up my daughter in the 21st century" says Tanya. "Should I own up to my mistakes? Would knowing them help Dotty get on in life? What is the right advice and when and how should I deliver it?"

Recent work at Jermyn Street Theatre has included A. A. Milne's Dover Road, The Autumn Garden by Lillian Hellman, the current production of Strindberg's Women and the upcoming Pride and Prejudice. This work builds on the theatre's other recent successes, which include Anthony Biggs' production of I Loved Lucy, Michael Brandon and Cherie Lunghi starring in Off the King's Road and the revival of J B Priestley's I Have Been Here Before.


Fair Warning
in association with Jermyn Street Theatre

Songs your mother never taught you

Written, composed and performed by
Tanya Holt
Director / contributing writer
Robin Kingsland

January 30 2017 - February 11 2017
Press performance January 31 - 7.30pm

Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street,

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 3.30pm

£22.00, £18.00 concessions.
£12.00 under-18
Mondays all tickets £15.00

Box office
0207 287 2875
and online at

For more about the production, visit

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