"I suppose it's the way we do it in Britain. Women don't gather and weep for days; we don't anoint the dead and bind them in swaddling; we don't sit around a fire roasting rabbits or dance until we're on the floor. We buy a sympathy card and send it. Or take round lasagna. I f**king hate lasagna."
Inspired by the death of her own mother - TV comedy director Liddy Oldroyd (Drop the Dead Donkey, Gimme Gimme Gimme) - comedienne Amy Gwilliam brings MUMMY back to the stage. Where she belongs.
Nominated for the Prague Fringe Inspiration Award 2016
Previous shows in London (Live at Zedel’s; Tristan Bates; Mimetic Festival); Barcelona (Barcelona Solo Festival); Burgos (Schools Tour); Santander (Cafe de las Arts); Prague Fringe Festival; Brighton Fringe; Guildford (produced by Guildford Fringe), Basingstoke (Creation Space).
This show is tour-ready and adaptable to many kinds of venues. Previous performances include black box studios, a cabaret, a conference hall, large proscenium theatre spaces, a cafe, a museum and an art gallery.
For a trailer of the show, follow this link.
For an interview with Amy about the making of the show, follow this link.
For further information about the show – including a full recording and Tour Pack - please contact Sophie at Solar Productions – email@example.com or 07810 167 694.
Reviews / Audience feedback:
"Mummy or the Art of Saying Goodbye is a brilliantly conceived, directed and performed piece of tragi-comic, food-for-thought theatre […] Teetering on the edge between hilarity and devastation, it challenges us to rethink the space we give ourselves to love and grieve." (Fringe Review, Brighton)
“Amy Gwilliam is most definitely a talent to watch out for. Her writing is tight, witty, pithy and clever. Her performance was well paced, confident, fluid, enticing and very, very convincing.” (As above)
Written and performed by the very talented Amy Gwilliam, this one-woman show packs more thought-provoking theatre into 60 minutes than most West End dramas do in twice the time, and for at least three times the price. (Just Retiring, Guildford)
"Achingly, brilliantly creative; warm, funny, devastating" (@pianodiva11)
"Oh SH*t. Go see MUMMY. I have no words." (@tomas_ford, Perth Comedy Porducer)
“Spot on! They were all the questions I wanted to ask my Mum.” ! Gilly, audience member!
Written & performed by Amy Gwilliam
Co-created & directed by Sophie Larsmon
Dramatrugical support from Jenny Lee and Lucy Hopkins
Sound Design by Jo Walker
Produced by Solar Productions
Seventeen years ago, during break, Elizabeth lost her mother. She was sixteen. Two days later, she started her period. Ouch.
Today, a celebrated Egyptologist, Profesor Niccoll has returned as Guest of Honour to her secondary school's annual Alumni event. She has chosen to use the platform to promote her new book: MUMMY or the Art of Saying Goodbye.
She knows everything about death. She thinks.
But confronted by ghosts of her past, memories stir and a Mummy returns.
The time has come to unwind.