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 a thumping techno soundtrack.
‘It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely… exciting, innovative work’ – The Stage
The UNTAPPED award winner and Edinburgh Fringe sell out hit Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss, and the memories left behind, brought to you by ‘one of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies’ – New Diorama.
Ugly Bucket are a multi award winning Liverpool based company that combine clowning, music and verbatim text to tackle taboos head-on. Their shows are funny, fast, physical, and hit you right in the gut. Their previous Edinburgh Fringe sell out productions include Bost-Uni Plues and 2 Clowns 1 Cup. More recently in the pandemic they we’re commissioned by HOME Manchester to create ‘ABC’ (Anything But Covid) – which is available to watch online. Ugly Bucket we’re part of the New Diorama Emerging Company Programme and have been described as ‘one of the freshest companies at the fringe ‘– The Stage, and ‘One of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies’ New Diorama London.
Press & Reviews
Fest Mag ★★★★★ - Profound, heartbreaking, and riotously funny. A breathtaking, important piece of work. Go. It’ll make you feel alive.
Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★ - Endlessly full of life. A unique, innovative show about grief which is not only funny but profoundly affecting.
The Scotsman ★★★★ - Some of the most perfect facial acting you’ll see. Thinking about death has inspired a show packed to brim with life and joy
The Stage ★★★★ - It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely. Ugly Bucket are making really exciting, innovative work.
Cast & Creative Team In partnership with The Unity Theatre
Supported by Arts Council England and Slunglow
Directed by Rachael Smart and Grace Gallagher
Performed by Adam Nicholls, Angelina Cliff, Canice Ward, Grace Gallagher and Jessica Huckerby
Music and sound by Duncan Gallagher
Set and costume design by Sascha Gilmour and Kirsty Barlow
Stage Management by Kaila Sharples
Lighting design by Liz Barker
Guest choreography by Grace Goulding and Alice Lapworth
With thanks to Care Merseyside, Dramatic Recovery and every individual who shared their story
Good Grief is dedicated to Tim Miles