The frivolous premise of Busting a Nut means this, on paper, shouldn’t be the best show Ward has ever done, or indeed perhaps the best standup performance of this festival – but it is.
From the moment Ward walks on stage she confidently holds the audience captive. She remarks several times how happy she is to be back in Australia to tour this show and she appears relaxed and at ease. With material ranging from relationship and family dynamics, to the perfect fart noise, Ward’s delivery is pitch-perfect. Her ability to weave one-liners effortlessly through narrative segments has the audience in stitches from beginning to end, and Ward’s assuredness in her body and the material sees her pushing her physical comedy abilities to new heights.
In the last few years Ward has focussed much of her material around mental health issues, and her emotional maturity from this work shines through. Busting a Nut is standup at its best: effortlessly delivered and sneakily thought-provoking, leaving the audience crying with laughter.