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.