Sukh Ojla: For Sukh's Sake (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Sukh Ojla: For Sukh's Sake

credit: Polly Bycroft-Brown

Sweet monologue about mental health and parents

Sukh Ojla has been on a journey of self-discovery, and she's here to tell us all about it. Five years ago, at the age of 30, she had a big career change and moved back home to live with her overbearing Punjabi parents in a close-knit town where everyone knows everyone else. Observations about the trials and tribulations of her new life provoke some laughter, but the bulk of Sukh's show is focused on her struggles with mental health.

For such a dark subject matter, Ojla tells her story with a light timbre. She's a hugely likeable character, addressing her audience as 'babes' and 'my loves', as she recounts various tales, from a breakdown whilst eating a cheese and onion pasty, to going on an ayahuasca retreat in a bid to find inner peace.

Second-hand stories of other people's hallucinations can be a bit like hearing folk talk about a dream they had, but Ojla is endearing enough to keep it interesting. It's more of a dramatic monologue than a stand-up show and is never side-splittingly funny. But Sukh Ojla is a woman with a large heart and a big message, and her sweet story of self-acceptance is well worth a watch.

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, until 25 Aug, 5.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Sukh Ojla: For Sukh's Sake

  • 3 stars

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