|Duration: 2hrs 15mins (including interval)|
Mike Melody (TV antique dealer celebrity) 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 tangerine Blackpool FC colours 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 genuine father and daughter. It’s a eulogy for a living soul. It explores the taboos around death and its practicalities, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinions you don’t always agree with.