This month The Foundation went to St James’ Theatre in London to see comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax’s show Sane New World – and here’s what our Operations Manager, Sue Clements thought.
In 2013, Ruby Wax published a book called “Sane New World”, which became a number 1 best-seller and she based the show on this success.
Ruby’s opening line – ‘We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard, too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth.’
Overall, we enjoyed the show. Ruby talked openly and honestly with regard to her own experience dealing with depression. In the first part of the show, she focussed on how ‘busy’ we all are, and how we say ‘yes’ to everything … her key message being that agreeing to everything does not mask depression. The realisation of this dawned on her when she found herself at a ‘Save the Puffin’ event!
Ruby mentioned graduating from Oxford University with a master’s degree in Mindfulness based cognitive therapy in 2013. However, she did not mention psychodynamic counselling throughout the show, which was disappointing as this is predominantly The Foundation’s main modality and I would have liked to have heard her point on this.
The second part of the show after the interval was structured as a Q&A session and Ruby was very open, relating audience questions to her own personal experiences. Praise for her from the audience was unanimous.
Ruby ended with her version of a ‘twerking’ dance! A good positive note to end on – shame she didn’t ask for audience participation!Tags: depression, mindfulness, ruby wax, sane new world