Ruby Wax - Losing It
Ruby Wax is best known for her TV documentaries and interviews. She performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company for 5 years and was script editor for various shows including Absolutely Fabulous. Previously she studied psychology at the University of Berkeley, California and recently she has been studying for an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience at UCL. Since graduating she has been facilitating leadership groups to improve their communication skills as well as coaching and advising individual executives.
Clients include: BAe, Orange, The Welsh Assembly, KPMG, Skype, eBay, London Business School, Women in Retail, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Home Office, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Bayer.
Singer-songwriter Judith Owen is best known to UK audiences as the exquisite voice of Richard Thompson’s 1000 Years of Popular Music. Judith has been described by Jamie Cullum as ‘a female Randy Newman’ and by The New York Times as having, ‘the kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch the vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering’. Drawing upon her life-long battle with depression, Owen believes in creating poignancy out of pain. It is this sentiment that lays the foundation for her latest album The Beautiful Damage Collection (released on 1st March), which also features many of the songs from Losing It.
The Yamaha CP300 piano is being provided as a courtesy of Yamaha USA , Yamaha Music UK and John Henry Ltd.
Thea is recently directed Terrance Rattigan’s After The Dance at the National Theatre.
Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe, ran at the Gielgud Theatre, London and more recently finished a run on Broadway.
Heroes ran at the Wyndhams Theatre and more recently at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, to great acclaim.
Thea was the Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse for three years. She trained at the Anna Scher Theatre and Market Theatre Johannesburg. Thea was the Artistic Director for The Gate Theatre.
Recent credits include: The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre) Mrs. Klein (Almeida), As You Like It (Globe) Cloud Nine (Almeida) Happy Now? (National Theatre) Emperor Jones (National Theatre) Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Theatre). Previous credits include: Private Lives, Don Juan, Blithe Spirit and Betrayal (Bath Theatre Royal) Tejas Verdes (The Gate) A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Southwark Playhouse), The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan (Bath Theatre Royal), The Fight for Barbara by DH Lawrence (The Peter Hall Season, Bath Theatre Royal), Mongoose by Peter Harness (Southwark Playhouse), Trip’s Cinch by Phyllis Nagy (Southwark Playhouse), Free by Simon Bowen (Loft, NT), Top Girls by Caryl Churchill (BAC, UK tours, Aldwych West End), The Sleepers Den by Peter Gill, (Southwark Playhouse) and as Associate Director, Art by Yasmina Reza (West End and UK Tour) and Betrayal by Harold Pinter and Design for Living by Noel Coward (The Peter Hall Season, Bath Theatre Royal).
Thea was the recipient of the James Menzies-Kitchin Memorial Trust’s Young Director of the Year Award 2000 for which she directed Top Girls at the BAC.
Theatre credits include Endgame,The 3 Lives of Lucie Cabrol; Out of a House; The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Complicite); Mrs Klein; Present Laughter; Rafta, Rafta; Henry V; Humble Boy; The Talking Cure; Vincent in Brixton; Stanley (Olivier Award winner); Hamlet; Flight; Sleep with Me; Darker Face of Earth (National Theatre); Richard III; Goodnight Children; Talk of the City (RSC); Private Lives; What the Night is For; Another Country; Suddenly Last Summer; Moscow Stations; Puntilla & His Man Matti (West End); Shrek the Musical (Tony winner 2009); Spamalot (Olivier & Tony Award nominated); The Crucible; Private Lives (Olivier & Tony Award winner). Film includes: Stage Beauty; Closer; Notes on a Scandal.
West End credits include Why The Whales Came (Comedy Theatre), Well (Apollo), The Vagina Monologues (Wyndhams), Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Old Vic), Derren Brown: An Evening Of Wonder (Garrick), Derren Brown: Enigma (Adelphi) and Lies Have Been Told - An Evening With Robert Maxwell (Trafalgar Studios). Other London productions include: Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory), Professor Bernhardi and Rose Bernd (Arcola Theatre for Oxford Stage / Dumbfounded), Jenufa (Arcola Theatre for Natural Perspective), How To Disappear And Never Be Found (Southwark Playhouse), Cotton Wool (Theatre 503), Latin Fever (Peacock Theatre for Raymond Gubbay Ltd / Sadlers Wells). UK Touring productions include Pete and Dud: Come Again, The Lady Of Burma and The Alchemist, all for James Seabright, Trainspotting and Stones In His Pockets for Mark Goucher Ltd, Gizmo Love and Bad Jazz both for Actors Touring Company.
Around the UK he has designed for, amongst others, Watford Palace Theatre, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Southwark Playhouse and Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Internationally his designs have been seen in Berlin, Montreal, Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, New York, Florida and New Zealand.
Production Manager / Company Stage Manager
Technical Assistant Stage Manager / Sound Operator
Cast included Ruby Wax and Judith Owen
Directed by Thea Sharrock
At some point in our lives one in four 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... Somewhere between painting her kitchen beige (again), realising she didn’t own a life manual or comprehend the contents of a children’s party bag?
Ruby’s acerbic, honest humour and Judith Owen’s touching songs are both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. This show gives you the chance to explore the ups and downs of mental illness, its stigmas and the freedom you discover when you share the darkest moments of your life.
‘Ruby Wax is on razor sharp form. I laughed and I cried. Don’t miss it!’
Design Consultant: Tim Hatley
Lighting Design: Tim Mascall
2010 UK Tour: Presented by Michael Edwards & Carole Winter for MJE Productions and Mark Goucher Ltd.
At the Menier Chocolate Factory (15 February - 19 March 2011): Presented by Chocolate Factory Productions in conjunction with MJE Productions.
Very funny...highly entertaining... a thought-provoking evening.
What's On Stage
A ground-breaking show... it's clever, funny and poignant... if ever there was a good example of laughter being the best medicine - this is it.
Judith Owen recently performed at the Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre. You can read her 4 star review here
Captivating… mesmeric… Vonda Shepard-on a window-ledge.
on Judith Owen (Southbank Centre 2010)