Victoria Melody: Ugly Chief
In 2013, Mike Melody (celebrity TV antique dealer) was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Victoria was put in charge of planning the funeral her Dad would want - complete with eulogies, a congregation dressed in Blackpool FC’s tangerine colour and a New Orleans jazz procession. A year later the doctors realised they had misdiagnosed Mike. But they are going ahead with the funeral anyway…
To make this show Victoria trained to be a funeral director. Using those experiences and a huge amount of research Ugly Chief looks at the British Funeral Industry and how we deal with death in modern society. Ugly Chief is a comedy based on true events performed by a real-life father and daughter. It explores the taboos around death and its practicalities, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinions you don’t always agree with.
During Ugly Chief there will be an opportunity for you to get your ‘antique’ items valued by Mike Melody. Please bring any small portable items with you to the show.
120 mins including interval
Age restriction: 12 +
Created by Victoria Melody. Produced by Farnham Maltings.
Commissioned and developed at New Wolsey Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Battersea Arts Centre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Supported by The Point Eastleigh, The Spire, The Marlborough, National Performance Network, and Unity Theatre Trust. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally seeded by house with The Old Market.
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Dates & Times
Tuesday 20 June, 20177:30pm – 9:30pm
University of Sussex students£6.40