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A powerful and touching series of vignettes through Lardie’s experiences with cPTSD. Always honest, mostly humorous, Lardie openly discusses some very challenging times in her life assisted by a storybook motif and puppets. She engages the audience from round one, inviting them to both clap enthusiastically and to repeat the phrase “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” if she’s disassociating. This is what it looks like to be vulnerable and inclusive, especially with a very active inner critic.
submitted by: Jessica Labbe, PF23 Independent Review Team
Elizabeth Lardie’s “Exit Pursued by a Bear” doesn’t have to hit close to home for you to appreciate it, & not just because it feels incredibly Fringey to watch someone sit on a stool & talk about PTSD, using a nursery rhyme as their storytelling device of choice, while wearing a bear puppet on their hand. I’ll admit to being a sucker for any show that talks honestly about trauma, but truly, the storytelling is disarmingly forthcoming, highly engaging, and incredibly clever.
submitted by: Kylie Groat, PF23 Independent Review Team