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How To Be A Kid

How To Be A Kid

By Sarah McDonald-Hughes
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427044, 64 pages, August 2017


Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only twelve, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid any more.

Now her mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Maybe Molly can learn to be a kid again.

A touching and funny story of family, friends and fitting in, Sarah McDonald-Hughes' play How To Be A Kid is ideal for seven- to eleven-year-olds to watch, read and perform. It was first produced in 2017 by Paines Plough in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, in a co-production with Theatr Clywd and the Orange Tree Theatre.

How To Be A Kid was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards.


"Sarah McDonald-Hughes' script owes its lightness of touch to the fact it never leaves the perspective of our little hero Molly… an action-packed, uplifting piece about the value of imagination and what makes a strong family, and its explanation of mental illness for a young audience is perfectly, sensitively pitched. " —The List

"There are serious life lessons to be learned in Sarah McDonald-Hughes’ new play, about the different ways people process grief, the resilience we’re capable of in times of adversity, and – most importantly – the need for families to talk openly about how they feel. All of which is delivered with a lightness of touch that ensures we never feel anything less than entertained… witty lines punctuate the sadness… this lively tale is a gentle but effective journey into difficult lives that are turned around through communication, hope and love. " —Scotsman

"An absolute little gem… explores mental health issues in a non-frightening, easily accessible way. .. this heart-warming story is sensitive, uplifting and great fun. This is storytelling at its finest. " —British Theatre Guide