Part of Grow Festival 2019How to be an Aunt:1. Wear steel-rimmed spectacles2. Keep your niece or nephew in a cupboard under the stairs and hide their post3. Smoke a pipe and keep a Great Bavarian Mountain Owl as a petIn 2017 Tilly became an aunt the same week she inherited the belongings of a fascinating and eccentric late great aunt. Now she’s looking through those dusty boxes of letters, diaries and photographs, and re-evaluating the aunts in her favourite books and films, all to try and work out how to be the best possible auntie to her niece Juno.Aunting is a new show, currently in development, exploring the importance of aunts and of being an aunt, particularly for women who have chosen not to have children. The research and development phase has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Hull Truck Theatre, ARC Stockton, In Good Company and Nottingham Playhouse. The R&D began with a week-long Be Our Guest residence at Hull Truck Theatre in October 2018. This is an informal sharing of work-in-progress, with an opportunity to feed back on the ideas being presented.