MUMMY – A Play, A Pint & A Pasty
A corrosively funny new one-woman show about death, grief and the art of letting go.
26-30 April 2016 at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford.
Tickets include the play, a drink and a pasty after the show!
Inspired by the death of her own mother (BAFTA-award winning TV Comedy Director, Liddy Oldroyd), writer & performer Amy Gwilliam has teamed up with theatre director & childhood friend Sophie Larsmon and Guildford Fringe Theatre Company to bring you this messy, excruciatingly exposing and heart-warming new show.
As a publicity stunt for the local papers, Dr. Elizabeth Niccoll returns to her secondary school to launch her first book – Mummy: The Art of Saying Goodbye.
Having spent years researching Ancient Egypt and its death rituals, Dr. Niccoll is a celebrated expert. She has got death nailed. She thinks. But back at school and challenged with an audience of 16 year olds, memories stir and ghosts return.
The time has come to unwind…
After her anarchic training in Paris with Sacha Baron Cohen’s teacher, Philippe Gaulier, Amy spent her formative years making work and touring with Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain. Their shows were acclaimed for their unique style of storytelling – mixing ribald comedy with painful pathos, clowning with beautiful imagery: the sublime with the ridiculous.
The company was nominated for the Creative Award at the Prague Fringe Festival in 2012 and collected various awards in Spain, including Best Actress awards for Amy in festivals in Toledo and Murcia.
Staged as an interactive lecture, the audience – treated as sixteen year olds throughout – should expect live mummification, raw confession and a little bit of Kate Bush.
“Gwilliam has a striking stage presence … one moment embodying a confident, independent woman in her late 20s and the next regressing down until we can spot the mischievous ten year old she once was.” – London City Nights