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Good Grief

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3 February 2023 at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£7.00 | 14+

A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death.
Will it be subtle? Will it be sophisticated? Probably not, but it’s his funeral. Literally.

Multi award-winning physical comedy company Ugly Bucket process the death of a friend in the only way they know how – through a kinetic maelstrom of outrageous clowning, personal testimony and thumping techno soundtrack.

Ugly Bucket created the first version of Good Grief as a tribute to their late friend Tim who had one final wish: to create a show about death… so they did. Good Grief is a healing process, celebration and funeral all rolled into one. A highly creative and symbolic piece, it explores the many images and allegories through which we perceive and process death and brings them to life in vibrant, often outrageous fashion.

An original score by Duncan Gallagher complements the high-energy movement with angular and sharp techno-beats and live theremin. Voice recordings of Tim and testimonies by drama therapy patients, hospice residents and volunteers with experience of grief interpolated into the soundscape. The floating, purgatorial set transports us instantly from the inside of the womb to a hospital waiting room.

It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely. Ugly Bucket are making really exciting, innovative work. – The Stage

Ugly Bucket is also hosting a Death Cafe in the Gallery. You can find out more and book your places here.

Watch the trailer here:


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