Katharine Ferns is in Stitches dives deep into grief while using hilarious comedy. A combination of dark jokes, tear-jerking thoughts, and shocking explanations, Katharine bravely tells her life story. Domestic violence, long term injuries, drugs and mental illness are not the subjects you expect to be covered in a stand up act, but Katharine’s humour brings accessibility to the horrors she’s lived through, and makes it enjoyable to watch. I found this story to be very engaging and interesting throughout, and I think that’s due to Katharine’s ability to laugh at her misfortunes. In fact, she explains that comedy has given her the strength to keep going and the ability to let go of the past. By the end of the show, I was in awe of this woman on stage, and her strength to share such a story. This show isn’t just a funny stand up piece, it’s also an empowering story that proves the strength of the human spirit.
“Katharine Ferns is in Stitches” plays until September 17th, as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Tickets: $14 | Venue: Performance Works