"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."
'Pooh's little instruction book', A. A. Milne
'A Hundred Minus One Day' is a touching comedy dealing with the difficulty young adults face in letting go of the past as they grow up. Jen, a girl of 20, has lived independently for a long time but having been diagnosed with an incurable illness, she has moved home to be properly looked after by her dad.
Jen has to, quite literally, face up to her past in the form of Daphne, her childhood imaginary friend who unexpectedly returns. Daphne refuses to believe Jen is ill and attempts to get her out of bed and into the exciting world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Described as "one of the finest female partnerships seen on a DST 'stage' this year" (Durham Theatre Review), Jen and Daphne's story of ever-lasting friendship is brought to life in a way that is "understated and intimately beautiful" (The Bubble).
Part fantasy, part comedy, part tragedy, 'A Hundred Minus One Day' was inspired by the writer's own refusal to grow up and accept adult responsibilities. It makes you wish you had a friend like Daphne. The directors of 'Incognito' (Durham Drama Festival 2012) Idgie Beau and Steph Taylor, returned to the Durham stage in 2013 with this production for the festival's site-specific night. It is a trip down memory lane but with a few unfamiliar twists - after all, leaving your childhood behind is a difficult thing to do, especially when it refuses to leave you alone.