Losing it with Ruby Wax & Judith Owen

Ruby Wax’s 2-woman show was a blast. Ruby talks at lightning speed of fame, motherhood, glazed eyes, shades of beige and well-meaning friends encouraging her to ‘perk up’. With her trademark pithy wit she talks about her sharp descents and visits to The Priory. That mental health issues affect 1 in 4 of us.  No matter where you are or who you are. After all, depression doesn’t discriminate.

This is not a navel-gazing ‘poor me’ account of depression. It’s honest, it’s laugh out loud, it’s a desensitised account if you will. Judith’s poignant songs, and their friend double act, puts relationships and emotion back into the mix. It’s fun.

The excerpt we saw is part of a longer touring show that has graced mental institutions and comedy venues alike across the country. The Q&A they hold at the end creates an interesting pause for reflection. They invite people with similar experiences to understand it is possible to retrain your brain, to create distance, and to find people like you so you know you’re not alone.

Their mission is to make it socially acceptable to talk about mental health, to ask questions and seek support. They want to create a support network similar to AA so people in the same boat can help each other get to a better place. See this show.

EQUALS LIVE: WOW

Friday night at the Royal Festival Hall with Annie Lennox, Jess Mills, Katy B & Emeli Sande was an incredible evening. Thanks WOW.

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I was struck by my own apathy. Hearing the statics about women’s rights here and round the world I thought my god, why am I letting this happen? Why don’t I already know these statistics? This really is an important festival and event. Really great stuff. We have a job to do to force the media lens on these issues.

Annie Lennox’s form of activism and feminism is refreshing, inspiring and motivating. She did a great job of celebrating women and highlighting the issues….and never did I imagine myself on a Friday night shouting ‘I am a feminist’ along with my 6’7″ boyfriend. Perhaps he was more surprised? One word sums up my feelings of Friday night – liberating!

Anyway, I’ve got to rush back for more WOW events but wanted to share this EQUALS clip with you that I saw on Friday. So impactful. And yes, I shall be contributing to the cause…watch this space.