REVIEW: Paul Mayhew-Archer’s Incurable Optimist


Until 26 August at Underbelly Bristo Square. 

With a mix of brilliant comedy and moving moments Paul Mayhew-Archer explains how Parkinson's disease has affected his life.

At the beginning of the show Mayhew-Archer explains to the audience that this is not a show about Parkinson's disease but more about his life. His journey into comedy and how his life is now.

What follows is a mix of hilarious anecdotes from his life, including one about the doctor who diagnosed his Parkinson's with a single prod of his back at 3 o’clock in the morning. Aside from the funny side of Parkinson's, Mayhew-Archer also takes the audience back to his early days as a writer on The Vicar of Dibley and other shows in an hour which is a laugh from start to finish.

Personally I found this show to be both incredibly light and moving all at once as Mayhew-Archer shows us the funny side of living with Parkinson's and also explains to the audience at the end that although he has this disease his life is not all doom and gloom as he still retains the power to make people laugh.

This is a fantastic show and I would urge anyone who hasn't seen it to go before it's too late!

Reviewed by Gavin Yule

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