Felicity Ward: What If There Is No Toilet?
- Brian Donaldson
- 6 August 2015
This article is from 2015
A tough but titter-inducing tale of mental health and toilet habits
Any audience member fears that moment when their bladder can take no more and the desperate need for a pit-stop has overtaken any embarrassment factor at making a hasty exit during a show. Australian comic Felicity Ward has every sympathy with that predicament and positively encourages you to take a leak mid-set.
What if There is No Toilet?, though, is not just a knockabout hour of lavatorial humour, as her own convenience-related issues (chronic IBS) are a symptom of wider mental health issues. These are dominated by anxiety (‘my bestseller’), depression and insomnia, the latter exacerbated by a voice in her head called Beryl, who sounds a bit like Inside Out’s Sadness character.
If it all sounds rather heavy, well, that’s because some of it is, and there are a couple of moments which produce a respectful hush in the room. But the state of boundless perkiness which Felicity Ward can switch on in front of a crowd means that the horror is often undercut with silliness (her retelling of a self-harm incident being the major case in point). As a month of madness gets into full gear, many will be following the Felicity code: ‘to not shit myself one day at a time’.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 9pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews until 7 Aug, £6.