The Dead Show

A character comedian pays tribute to his dead by performing as them.

How do we remember our dead? John-Luke Roberts is going to do it by dressing up like them and putting them on stage.

This is a follow-up of sorts to 2015’s Stdad-Up, where Roberts grieved in public by performing his recently dead father as a grotesque insult comic. But while that show was born out of anger, this one aims to be a more tender tribute and an attempt to examine how memory keeps people alive, and the ways in which it changes them. Sometimes comic, sometimes something else.

The Dead Show is the start of a lifetime performance project for Roberts – every few years returning to the show to see how it changes as his memory does, and as other loved ones join the line up.

This performance takes place at the Waterloo East Theatre. Please see the Your Visit page for the address and directions.

Tickets will go off-sale online one hour before the performance commences, but may still be available on the door from the Waterloo East Theatre Box Office.

1hr 00m
Waterloo East Theatre
07 — 11 Feb 18:05
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About the company

Roberts trained under Philippe Gaulier. He’s been performing solo comedy and performance shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Soho Theatre for 10 years, and is the co-founder of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society.

Press & Reviews

The Telegraph

Joyously daft character comedy ★★★★

The Guardian

A strikingly honest show, which honours the conflicted nature of Roberts’ bereavement and depicts his dead dad with a bracing lack of piety.


At once elusive and rawly honest, it sees him test the limits of our sympathy, while blurring the line between fact and fiction."" ★★★★