Few of us, I suspect, would be brave enough to return to our teenage and childhood scribblings and re-read them, let alone read them out loud for the whole world to hear.
That though is the rationale behind Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids... and if you’ve ever been young you will cringe with recognition. In fact, you might even go and hide behind the sofa, but I doubt that you’ll be able to turn it off.
Wanting to be liked, wanting to be cool, wanting great hair, wanting to have a girlfriend or boyfriend, not wanting to be 'friend-dumped'... all the eternal hopes and fears of our young selves are here.
Oh yes, and be warned; there’s excruciating adolescent poetry too.
There’s the young Jason on his new hair-drier and getting laughed at for his ‘gay’ hair cut by members of his own family - and complaining about ‘bitter' bus drivers. Not an adjective I’ve heard applied to bus drivers before now.
Nicola spent her baby-sitting hours reading romantic novels which did rather have an effect on the style of her own diary entries. She swoons over Neil (the object of her teenage desires) spinning the bottle with him, and 'being obliged' by a long kiss. Honestly, Nicola deserves a distinguished service medal for public embarrassment for reading her journal out loud.
As a young teenager Cheryl wrote about having a lazy eye and mucus. She wrote her own self-help book at the age of eleven, and updated it four years later with her thoughts on her new boyfriend; his 'wandering male eye', being in love ('a splash through the heart'), and the romance of giving him boxer shorts on Valentine’s Day.
Another precocious young lady was nine year-old Eleanor, who wrote a ‘get rich quick’ book. Unfortunately it included fiscal tips that might be deemed illegal in most territories.
There is a sadder side to all this, be it bullying or the terror of not having friends. Again, this will resonate with many adults; who among us wouldn’t want to cuddle and console out younger selves in those moments?
The show is recorded in front of a live audience whose whoops and hollers are a slight distraction, but I suspect that you will laugh – and wince – along with them.
You can listen to Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids here