Jean-Luc Picard and Me

Jean-Luc Picard and Me. Ellen Waddell.

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Spoken Word starring Ellen Waddell performed on the following days in August 2015...

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A one-woman autobiographical show charting how Jean-Luc Picard, the noble and often philosophical French Starship captain of the USS Enterprise, navigated a lonely girl through the tricky terrain of her estranged parents' battles, like one navigates a ship through an asteroid belt whilst being attacked by Klingons. Delivered in the style of a PowerPoint-led TED talk, the journey follows an introverted seven-year-old who first bonds with her dad over Star Trek, before she becomes a globe-trotting musician who finds more solace in the words of the Starship captain than in real relationships.

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A one-woman autobiographical show charting how Jean-Luc Picard, the noble and often philosophical French Starship captain of the USS Enterprise, navigated me through the tricky terrain of my estranged parents battles, like one navigates a ship through an asteroid belt whilst being attacked by Klingons.

Delivered in the style of a Powerpoint-led Ted talk, the show follows the journey of an introverted 7-year-old who first bonds with her dad over Star Trek, to a globe-trotting musician who finds more solace in the noble and philosophical words of Jean-Luc Picard, then in real life relationships. With his help, and the help of his crew, she tries to rebuilt her fractured relationship with her dad, deal with a Morris dancing spoon playing new stepmother and the fact The Star Trek fan club she founds at school is not well attended.

The story is a reflective and cathartic study of childhood, and how we often use pop culture and fantasy as a protective shield. The narrative, although personal in nature, explores universal themes such as understanding and accepting our parent's very human fallibilities, while also celebrating the hardships of our formative years - specifically how they may give us strength, and perseverance in our adult lives.

PLUS THERE'S A SHIT LOOKING PAPER MACHE HEAD OF JEAN-LUC PICARD ON STAGE.