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Ruby Wax's 'Frazzled' stimulates mind and funny bone
It's been said before - Ruby Wax is a pocket-sized dynamo with a huge personality. Her 2017 incarnation now incorporates learned Oxford graduate with a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. So she knows what she's talking about in this part performance/part therapy session/part book tour, titled 'Frazzled' after her bestselling book on mindfulness.
For most of the show she sits in an outsized wing backed chair complete with 'gluten-free' cushion, jumping up and pacing about to illustrate a point or pick on a chatterbox in the audience. Her conversations range from cognitive therapy to her Polish mother to Donald Trump ('I shoulda taken him out 12 years ago when I interviewed him'), loosely based on a printed list of 'questions from fans'. It's comforting to know that even seasoned performers need the occasional memory prompt.
The show officially runs for 80 minutes but don't expect to get to the bar by 8.20. There's a Q and A session at the end during which Ms Wax swaps her Morticia Addams chair for a simpler model placed at the front of the stage. If your audience is as adoring and as willing to share their mental illness stories with a bunch of strangers, don't expect to get out before 8.45.