“It really helped me look at life from a different angle.” | Ophélie Hocquard talks tackling the patriarchy through crystals

Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Vault Festival, Crystal Clear.

It’s an hour of stand-up comedy in which I explain why I’m quitting stand-up comedy to become a crystal healer.

What inspired you to write a show about crystal healing?

I got really into meditation around the time I started stand-up, it started as a means to deal with all the anxiety that came from performing. I later discovered crystals and started meditating with them, and then one thing sort of led to another and I became a Reiki master and crystal healer.

The energy healing world is so magical, and it really helped me look at life from a different angle. It’s an insane world to be honest, which words can’t explain (hence the difficulty in writing a show about it), but it really changed me for the better, so I wanted to use my stand-up platform to share my experience, and hopefully help other people find some form of healing through it.

What is the relationship between people’s energy and the patriarchy?

The patriarchy created a concept of “normality” which is based upon what resembles it and what benefits it, and it has consistently used this weapon of “normality” to alienate all which didn’t fit in its societal constructs. A patriarchal system is crushing, not only for women, but for men as well. I think part of the reason is because as human beings, we all have both, masculine and feminine energies, and it’s important for the two energies to be accepted and balanced in order to find equilibrium and inner peace. A patriarchal society does not promote such balance. It uses a narrow and dysfunctional view of humanity to control rather than support populations.

This is a work-in-progress show. How much do you expect it to change between the Vault Festival performance and the finished product?

Probably a lot. The arc will hopefully roughly stay the same, but I’m not aiming to have the finished product for another year. I just want to perform the best show I can possibly write this year, and then take a year to live and learn, and come back with a perfected show.

Where do you plan to take the show after Vault Festival?

I’m going to take a break from Edinburgh this summer and aim for a week performing at the Camden Fringe instead. Ideally, I’ll bring the finished product to Edinburgh the summer after that.

What do you hope people take away from your show?

I just want people to leave the show feeling happy to be honest. If people don’t believe in energy healing by the end of the show, I hope that they’ll at least be intrigued by it. But mainly, I hope that they laugh, and that they come out feeling somewhat more positive about life.

Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Vault Festival?

So many, too many… There are amazing stand-ups performing this year, if I start citing them the list will never stop but here we go: Jacob Hawley, Isa Bonachera, Patrick Healy, Ken Cheng, Fiona Rigewell, Maddie Campion, Sofie Hagen, Harriet Kemsley, Chloe Petts, Ali Woods, Chelsea Birkby, Miztli Rose, Ania Magliano, Olga Koch, Harriet Braine, Glenn Moore, Helen Bauer, Heidi Regan, Mo Omar, Alice India, Andrew Nolan, Nigel Ng, Lily Phillips, Sikisa, Kayla MacQuarrie and I could keep going… but I really need to stop. Also, really looking forward to seeing some sketch comedy from Ladylikes, Mother and Mark & Haydn.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?

Be kind to yourself. Stay grounded. Be balanced. CBD and magnesium are great for anxiety.

Ophélie is performing Crystal Clear on 17th and 18th March.

Book your ticket here.

Find out more about Vault Festival here.

You can keep up with Ophélie’s work by following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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