Ruby Wax: Losing It

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Previewed 31 August 2011, Opened 1 September 2011, Closed 1 October 2011 at the Duchess Theatre in London.

Ruby Wax: Losing It in London for a strictly limited season - At some point in our lives 1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental illness... Bring 3 friends! Ruby Wax had it all - career, dream house, husband, kids, so when was the moment she realised she was the 1 in 4... Somewhere between painting her kitchen beige (again), realising she didn't own a life manual or comprehend the contents of a children's party bag? Ruby's acerbic, honest humour and Judith Owen's touching songs are both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. This show gives you the chance to explore the ups and downs of mental illness, its stigmas and the freedom you discover when you share the darkest moments of your life.

The cast for Ruby Wax: Losing It in London features Ruby Wax and Judith Owen. The production is directed by Thea Sharrock with lighting by Tim Mascall and sound by Gareth Owen. This production transfers to London's West End following two seasons at the Menier Chocolate Factory from February to March 2001 and from May to June 2011.

"Fighting stigma with sarcasm, Ruby Wax takes on mental illness. One in four of us will suffer - Wax has done a stint in the Priory, and she and her co-performer, Judith Owen, both live with depression. .. Interleaved with Owen's woebegone ballads, the sociology is pretty pat, with little original to say about self-important affluenza, but, with her ferocious smile and paint-stripper yap, Wax is a great performer - the darker the material, the more she glitters. After the interval, there's a question-and-answer. This was the best bit: upfront and interested, Wax's access-all-areas frankness turns on depression and on herself." The Sunday Times

"Vivid descriptions of her lows are punctuated by her routine schtick: tearing strips off anyone she doesn't like, and mocking mothers, including her own and the legions of super-rich yummy-mummies she appears to have met having babies and at her children's schools. Other targets are anyone in Hello! magazine who threatens her jealously guarded place in the spotlight. She's very funny when she talks about how she chose a husband: 'I wanted to break the chain of short immigrants shuffling across continents.' But most of what she says sounds like a gag and not the truth. In the later question-andanswer session, a more receptive, sympathetic Ruby emerged. Neither yappy nor needy, just nice and normal. Laughter, it seems, is not always the best medicine." The Mail on Sunday

Losing It: Ruby Wax in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 31 August 2011, opened on 1 September 2011 and closed on 1 October 2011.