Comedy is a wonderful mechanism to remove uncomfortable boundaries, but now and again sometimes shows on the topic of depression disorder can be a one person’s therapy session or cheapen the topic all together. But that is not an issue in the slightest in the company of Felicity Ward who has a wondrous joyful spirit and bounce on stage to navigate through the tales of her troubled waters.
Prominent on the stage is a toilet flanked by two mounted sets of toilet roll. What If There Is No Toilet is just as much about Ward’s problems with I.B.S. as her anxiety and depression. Her portrayal of the wicked voice in her head, Beryl, is a source of much self-mocking, for all the laughing from the crowd she’d certainly have been drowned out during the show. Ward has a perfect blend of timing and delivery accompanied by a sharp wit that has the hundred plus strong audience at her command, perfectly demonstrated when she asks the audience for a sing along. At the end the audience have not only had a laughter fest but their spirits lifted as well. As much as this is a comedy show, I recommend it to anyone who has or struggles with depressive disorders or is looking for a key insight. Ward might be small in stature, but she is a formidable force of comedy.
**** (and a half)