Writers' Centre cheers as Ruby Wax headed to Byron

Renowned UK comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax is headed to our shores for a once-only presentation.

On Thursday August 22 she'll be in town for a 90-minute appearance where she'll present a version of her West End hit show Out of her Mind and engage in conversation with writer and journalist Edna Carew. 

Presented by the Northern Rivers Writers' Centre, this one-off presentation will take place at Byron Community Centre Theatre from 6pm.

Northern Rivers Writers' Centre Director Jeni Caffin said she was very excited to welcome Ruby to Byron.

"We've barely drawn breath after the biggest Byron Bay Writers' Festival ever, but how could I not present this spectacularly brilliant woman to our locals?" Ms Caffin said.

"I have adored Ruby's brash, outrageous wit for decades. I was a massive fan of Don't Miss Wax and Ruby Wax Meets."

"I could never forget her interviewing Madonna, with a pair of knickers on her head. Now we get to meet her in a new guise and one that I know our community will totally embrace."

After arriving in an unsuspecting Britain from the US in the seventies, Ruby began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company before carving out a niche as creator of some of UK TV's most memorable moments.

She worked extensively for Channel 4 and the BBC, in a variety of documentary and comedy chat formats.

Her writing for and appearances in Absolutely Fabulous perhaps remain her most internationally recognised calling card.

Following a stage, TV and radio career spanning 3 decades, Ruby Wax has changed direction, completing both a Psychotherapy diploma and a Masters Degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University.

Having suffered from depression at an early age and throughout her life, Ruby was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the 1990's.

She has recently published Sane New World, a guide to saner living, in which she explains how our minds can jeopardise our sanity and how, in order to break the circuit, we need to understand the workings of our brains, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

Not simply a force of nature, Ruby Wax is now a mental health campaigner.

Join Ruby Wax in the Byron Community Centre Theatre, 6pm, Thursday August 22.

Tickets are $30 and bookings essential - either online or on 66855115

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