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Is she out of her mind?

AT some point in our lives, 1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental illness.

Ruby Wax had it all – career, dream house, husband, kids, so when was the moment she realised she was the 1 in 4?

In an acerbic, honest and sometimes dark show, Ruby Wax - Out of her Mind, which heads to the Gaiety Theatre on April 12 next year, the American comedienne will discuss the toxins of our time - envy, fame, television, the insatiable drive to win, getting rich, getting the perfect body, marriage, kids, career and, above all, staying busy while looking like you’re having a nice day.

The stand-up show, in aid of Junior Achievement and in association with 3FM, is in two parts with a stand-up routine in the first half and a question and answer session after the interval.

Born in Illinois, the 59-year-old began her career as an actress and scriptwriter. After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. And it was while she was at Stratford, she started writing and performing her own shows, including a revue starring the young Rik Mayall. On leaving the RSC, she became a scriptwriter for Not The Nine O’Clock News. Ruby then popped back to America to work on a Steve Martin Special before returning to Britain to team up with French & Saunders in Girls On Top. She has since become a household name with a huge range of programmes, all of which display her trademark cutting humour. Alongside The Full Wax, Wax Meets... and The Waiting Game, she has tackled more serious documentary television, with Miami Memoirs, East Meets Wax and Class of ‘69. She also wrote and starred in Hot Wax and two series of American Pie. And she sang in the Comic Relief Fame Academy, and extolled the genius of The Catcher in the Rye as part of the nation’s Big Read.

Over the years the chatshow host and comedienne has both charmed and chided all manner of celebrities.

But most recently she featured in a mental health awareness documentary Mad Confessions in which she courageously revealed a very private side of her life. In this one-off Channel 4 programme, broadcast in July, the funny girl talked openly about her battle with depression and became the poster girl for mental health in a fight against the stigmas still associated with it.

She followed three other professionals in their recovery as they disclosed their various mental health conditions to their employers and friends. And she spoke to the MPs who revealed their own mental health problems during parliamentary debate.

Speaking frankly, Ruby also took the audience around the corridors of The Priory rehab centre where she stayed and introduced her family and doctors who helped her on the road to recovery.

Junior Achievement raises much needed funds to continue, and expand, its work in the island’s schools. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets, costing £25, are available from the box office on 600555, at the Welcome Centre or online at www.villagaiety.com

 

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