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Fruitcake — Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward

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From the prologue about “the world’s most laid-back robbery” to the rousing audience singalong that closes the show, the hour-long Fruitcake is a warm, hilarious and eye-opening tour of the mental-health system told from an insider’s point of view. Each “psych ward commandment” (spoken by an unseen God over the PA) is illustrated by former mental-health nurse Rob Gee in his effortlessly expert way, through anecdote, poetry and delightful wordplay.

We meet Herb the speed freak, Terry the stoner and Duncan the paranoid, each portrayed by Gee as a relatable, if troubled, human being. Indeed, Gee reminds the audience that all it can take for anyone to develop a mental illness is a pile-up of bad luck.

But it’s not all bad news. In spite of one or two dark moments, this is truly an uplifting comedy, bursting with a luminous generosity of spirit.

— Ben Wiebe

 

From the Fringe program:

UK-based comic, slam poet and reformed psychiatric nurse Rob Gee presents a user-friendly guide to losing the plot.

From creator of 2013 Fringe hit Forget Me Not.

***** "A one-man triumph" - Winnipeg Free Press

***** "Funny and heartbreaking as hell" - CBC Manitoba

***** "Remarkable" - Edmonton Sun

***** "Brilliant" - Victoria Times Colonist

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