This one's tricky to review because although it's being sold as theatre it isn't, really. I was of course interested in Ruby Wax's Losing It as it deals with issues I've also had over the years, and as I'm all in favour of people talking about their mental illnesses in public to try and help remove the stigma still attached to it. After her stay in The Priory, Wax toured mental hospitals sharing her story, before getting help from director Thea Sharrock to fashion it into more of a show that could be taken to theatres for paying audiences. It's still a bit of a mish-mash though, Wax telling her life story leading up to her nervous breakdown. This American who lives in the UK is joined by a Brit who lives in America, singer-songwriter Judith Owen, who provides snatches of song at the piano. The two met through Owen's husband Harry Shearer, whom Wax used to date; so basically apart from depression what they have in common is that they've both sexed Mr Burns. Weird. The show's second half is a Q&A with the audience, encouraging people to share their own stories. The whole thing is a bit all over the place but its value probably lies more in its helping to encourage openness about mental illness than in its artistic merits.
Losing It by Ruby Wax and Judith Owen is booking until the 19th of March, then from the 17th of May to the 19th of June at the Menier Chocolate Factory.