How To Be Amazingly Happy! (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

How To Be Amazingly Happy!

A one-woman show about dealing with infertility and seeking happiness

Written and performed by Victoria Firth, How To Be Amazingly Happy! follows the 40-something as she is forced to face the fact her life isn't turning out the way she always wanted, and to seek happiness any way she can.

The show relies on shared experiences, with a somber voice-over informing the audience that Victoria is grieving her inability to have children. Instead of acknowledging the failed IVFs and relationships mentioned by the voice-over, she looks for distraction. In bouts of physical theatre, she humorously recalls the times she tried to take up running or looked for spiritual guidance, picking running shoes and angel cards from the red prop boxes that decorate the dark set.

Firth's retelling of her misadventures are entertaining and easily relatable, in a similar vein to the TV series Miranda, but rarely get beyond easy comedy. Her moments of open desperation are human and emotional, but get drowned among comedy routines and other songs about dogs that delay the focus of the show.

How to Be Amazingly Happy! still remains enjoyable however, mostly thanks to Firth's warm personality and ease of interaction with her audience. Her acting skills make for an hour of playful and amusing entertainment.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug (not 13, 14), 11.35am, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

How to Be Amazingly Happy!

  • 3 stars

A physical comedy about Victoria's quest to create a new life for herself and find out whether it's possible to be happy without kids.