“I prowl the room sniffing the fetid air, they’ve been muck spreading the fields. I run out into the back garden, nose to the ground. In the centre of the newly planted hydrangeas, I get on all fours and dig. I open my mouth and drop my red spandex costume into its forever grave”
Wild Country is a fictional autobiography that charts the course of one woman’s midlife when she becomes pregnant and moves to the edge of a marsh in rural Kent, England. This larger-than-life tale of identity, loss and dislocation spiralling into absurd and hairy extremes is part stand-up, part storytelling, and part myth.
Leaving behind her edgy urban dwelling in Toronto, a vibrant theatre career, and elderly Jewish parents, Edith finds herself increasingly isolated, raising small children, surrounded by nothing but sheep. Amidst rural politics and the news from back home of her mother’s newly diagnosed Alzheimers, Edith’s unravelling begins.