How To Be Amazingly Happy! raises big questions at York Theatre Royal

How do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined.

Instantly, this subject matter intrigued me. And well done to the York Theatre Royal Studio for giving work like this a platform.

How To Be Amazingly Happy! is a humorous show that blends storytelling with physical comedy, telling a journey of one woman’s mid-life search for joy. The big question is whether it’s possible to be happy without kids. Happy internally, and happy under the microscope of society.

Victoria Firth says: How to be Amazingly Happy! cuts across art forms to tell my autobiographical story of wondering whether to have kids, seeking medical intervention, coming up empty handed and ultimately exploring coming to terms with and discovering what to do with the second half of my life as a non-mother. I hope the show will resonate with the many woman not sure whether to have kids or without the right partner/circumstance to match their white picket fence dreams, the many people who have IVF, those that don’t, won’t or can’t have children and how they build a life outside of the accepted trajectory. Family diversity is greater than ever but there is still very little social validation for women who don’t have kids.

“On the surface the show is about frivolous escapades into finding that elusive joy, fulfilment and life balance that most people are searching for. Under the surface it’s taking a look at these things in the context of not having children. I think a lot of woman end up in complicated discussions with themselves about whether to have children, how to do it if they’re single, or in a same sex relationship, find out they can’t have kids or missed the window, try IVF and fail and/or are worried what life looks like without taking that step.”

Even though I’ve never met Victoria Firth, I am so proud of her for bringing this topic to the stage. It’s a rising hot topic at the moment and one that needs to be discussed more openly and patiently. With women like her taking the lead and giving it a feel-good power punch I think this will really open conversations.

Catch the show on Friday 25th October in York.

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