- A user-friendly guide to losing the plot
Fruitcake covers the course of a night shift on a mental health ward seen through the eyes of a jaded nurse who hears the voice of God. In this case, God happens to be a kindly Jamaican woman who gives him ten benevolent commandments to help him through the shift; and life.
Fruitcake is based on twelve years Rob spent working as a registered nurse in mental health units around the UK and Australia.
Featuring the voice of Jean 'Binta' Breeze as GodInternationally renowned dub poet (1956-2021), Jean was described by the British Council as “one of the most important, influential performance poets of recent years.” She also had a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Reviews for Fruitcake
“Terrifically well written… the kind of performer you pray you’ll discover.” Orlando Sentinel
"A rare authority... beautifully written... keeps the audience entralled from start to finish" Voice Magazine ★★★★★
“An unforeseen highlight, a convulsively funny and surprisingly moving tribute to humanity’s collective psychosis.” Minnesota Examiner
"The missing link between theatre and rock 'n' roll... a tour de force." Victoria Times ★★★★½
“Gee has pitched it perfectly... this hour showcases his strong talents as a witty, skilful storyteller.” Chortle, UK
"Knowledgeable and genuine, while remaining skilfully funny... this play has everything." Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ★★★★★
“Thoroughly compelling... super-charged and hilariously blunt... a quality show... SEE IT.” Applause-Meter, Calgary
“The wonderful part about all of this is the feeling that Gee cares about people... in situations where he could have easily gone for the crazy person joke, he spun the humour on its ear… and he is hilarious.” Edmonton Sun, Alberta ★★★★
“This is a man who stared into the abyss and saw it wink back at him.” The Ubyssey, Vancouver
"A clever knack for dispelling stigma around mental illness... will evoke a surge of serotonin long after you leave the room." All Over Adelaide
“One of those rare performers who immediately engages, befriends and electrifies an audience.” Beat Magazine, London ★★★★½
"A natural-born storyteller with the ability to create both equal parts comedy and empathy from the characters he brings to life... highly recommended." Toronto Star ★★★★½
"So engaging it's almost criminal... the hype was well-earned." The Visitorium, Ottawa
"Smart, funny and frequently very moving... a first-rate show." Calgary Herald ★★★★½
"Informative, absorbing, sometimes salutary... an hour of genuine belly laughs... peppered throughout the laughter are stories that gives us pangs of empathy and a truly touching moment." Theatreview, New Zealand
"Warm, hilarious and eye-opening... truly an uplifiting comedy bursting with a luminous generosity of spirit." Winnipeg Free Press ★★★★½
"Do whatever it takes to see Fruitcake... funny, touching, painful, witty, a joy... I loved it!" Mooney on Theatre, Toronto
"Essential cheerfulness in the midst of insantiy... should be required viewing." Edmonton Journal, Alberta ★★★★