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Family drama with an explosive denouement

Lesley Warner reports on a play that focuses on the dynamic between three siblings – one of whom has an atypical form of the genetic disorder Rett syndrome
Christina Murdock

Lesley Warner reports on a play that focuses on the dynamic between three siblings – one of whom has an atypical form of the genetic disorder Rett syndrome

The impact on parents and siblings when a family member has a learning disability was explored in a show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dangerous Giant Animals, written and performed by Christina Murdock, is informed by her experience of having a sister with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development, resulting in severe mental and physical disability.

In the play Kayla, the youngest of three sisters, has an atypical form of the disorder, which means her muscles have been affected by cerebral palsy, she can feed herself, but can’t do up her shoes, and she can say

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