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How To Live
A pea learns 'How To Live'

'How To Live' Reviewed

By Joel Hammer
A review of a very unique play.....

How To Live by Bobby Baker is a brave attempt to bring a bit of humour along with practical help to the very serious subject of mental health. It takes a fresh view of this sensitive subject without degrading what is a major issue for a huge number of people in Oxfordshire and the U.K.   However, despite its worthy aspirations it struggles to achive what it sets out to do.

The show takes you through her simple 11 step guide on how to live.  With great gusto Baker explains how these steps can help you live a happier life, and her enthusiasm is certainly  infectious. Baker's interactive performance (amongst other things, everyone is encouraged to eat a small pea that is provided!) is probably the highlight. 

The trouble with this one woman show was that the funny parts weren't all that funny, and the practical parts designed to help felt like an extract from a badly put together self help book.

That being said this show has worth, because even if you take one small piece of advice that is given, you're likely to feel a bit better about life, and that can't be a bad thing.

last updated: 22/01/07
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