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We’ve all heard the age old adage that ‘laughter is the best medicine’, so to see this brought to life in a fun and heartwarming manner on stage is incredibly special.

Fusing together a combination of live performance with puppeteering, magic and music, MAKEbeLIVE tell the incredibly compelling story of Ruby, a small girl who has been confined to a hospital bed for much of her childhood and has thus been forced to grow up far too fast. When Ruby meets Dot, a tongue-tied clown doctor, her imagination is sparked into fantastical use as the duo create a world filled mop monsters, bed caves and imaginary paper friends.

As someone who spent much of his own childhood in hospitals throughout the years, I know all too well just how much clown doctors can help the rehabilitation and healing process. Ruby’s Wish is something truly special in the fact that it will have audiences walking out of Belvoir Street Theatre realising not only the need to foster imagination in young children, but also the important work that happens in hospitals every day by those not donning doctors scrubs or lab coats. (JA)

Until Oct 9, varied performance times. Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. $25-$48. Tickets & info: www.belvoir.com.au or (02) 9699 3444