Ugly Chief and Hair Peace National Tour

Hi you lot. Happy 2016!

It’s going to be a vintage year, I can feel it in my bones. I’m embarking on the making of a new show called ‘Ugly Chief.’

It’s about death, relationships and the funeral process. In 2013 my TV antique dealer celebrity dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a short time to live. After a year of thinking he was going to die the doctors told him that they had made a mistake.

When we found out that dad was OK I asked him if he would collaborate with me on a new theatre show – he said yes. We decided that the show would take the form of dad’s funeral.

In my signature ethnographic approach to creating work I am going to train to become a funeral director to demystify the British funeral system. An aim of the show is to destroy the taboo around talking about death.

But don’t worry it will still be funny. Dad’s first words to me in the rehearsal studio were “imagine me as a sponge with no face.” I have no idea what that means.

Hair Peace will be embarking on a national tour. I have been back in the studio with this baby and it’s looking good. In retrospect the show wasn’t ready in time for Edinburgh last year. Unlike my cooler colleagues who succeed brilliantly in premiering shows at the fringe and tweaking them along the way, the idea of presenting something incomplete freaked the hell out of me. I have learnt many lessons. I can’t wait to share the new version with you.
Hopefully I will get to see most of you this year.


Hair Peace Tour Dates

2 March @ 7.30pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, LN6 7TS

5 March @ 7.30pm 
Brighton Dome, BN1 1UG

11 March @ 7.30pm 
Folkestone Quarterhouse, CT20 1BN  

8 April @ 7.30pm 
Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2BN

4 May @ 7.30pm 
Cambridge Junction, CB1 7GX

10 May @ 7.30pm 
Bedales School, GU32 2DG

26 May @ 7.45pm 
Warwick Arts Centre, CV4 7AL

27 May @ 8pm 
Derby Theatre, DE1 2NF

5 June @ 5pm 
Slung Lows HUB Leeds, LS11 9UA

13-25 June @ 7.30pm 
Battersea Arts Centre, SW11 5TN