"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 London. To the cabaret, where she belongs.
"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)
"Oh SH*t. Go see MUMMY. I have no words." (@tomas_ford, Perth Comedy)
"Sublime, ridiculous" (One Stop Arts, London)
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.
“Simultaneously outrageous ideas, laugh-out-loud humour and dark imaginings.”
(Oxford Daily Info)
On a desolate island in the high seas, an age-old siren works for the boss of a run-down cabaret shack which is frequented, each night, by lonely sailors. Blamed for the club’s demise, the siren is sent to kill a lighthouse keeper, both to recover her sexual powers and to gain control of the light. It should be a doddle, but as a deaf man he is resistant to the siren’s powers and an unlikely romance blossoms...
A tale of solitude, fate and bad timing.
“Entre Escombros return with their unique style of storytelling – mixing ribald comedy with painful pathos, clowning with beautiful imagery: the sublime with the ridiculous”.
THE MOLE AND THE WORM; an underground tale
“You haven´t come to rescue me? …And they´re not waiting for me up there? … And you thought… you thought I was a rock? ...You do that to rocks?”
Through cavernous damp and darkness, a lonesome Spanish pot-holer discovers an antique English girl buried, forgotten in time. Despite their differences, they must somehow get on.
A web of cruelty and unlikely kinship is wound in this darkly innocent tragicomedy.
Since its site-specific inception in 2011, the show has toured in caves, castles, warehouses, decadent old houses, black box theatres, cloister courts - in Spanish and in English. It has had an overwhelming reception, winning two 2nd best show awards and a best actress award in Spain, as well as a nomination for the Creative Award at the Prague Fringe in 2012.
An original creation -
Performed by Amy Gwilliam and Javier Ariza
Written by Lowri Jenkins
Directed by William Oldroyd
“It’s just outstanding, from start to finish. Excellent performances, a fantastic piece of new writing, and an exciting new company I can’t wait to see more of.”
“Masterfully played ... these accomplished actors use physical theatre, dance, movement and brilliant comic timing... assailing us simultaneously with outrageous ideas, laugh-out-loud humour and dark imaginings.”
STREET AND INTERACTIVE THEATRE
Recent immersive and large-scale interactive theatre projects with Bearded Kitten at BESTIVAL, and Chronyko.
"Clowns Without Borders" (Payasos Sin Fronteras) expeditions - to refugee camps in Athens (January 2017), centres for refugees in Istanbul (July 2017) and Kosovo (October 2011).
As part of company Teatro Entre Escombros, I participated in festivals, street theatre, improvisation shows and large-scale events.
These include -
"Seat 600" - an interactive show commissioned by the Burgos Town Council as part of their annual Carnival celebrations, February 2013.
"Despues del Fin" - commissioned by Espacio Tangente in Burgos. Site-specific and itinerant adaptation and translation of Dennis Kelly's "After The End". September 2012.
Young Vic's 40th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser. September 2010.