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Ugly Lovely

  • Old Red Lion 418 Saint John Street London, EC1V 4NJ United Kingdom (map)

JUN 28 - JUL 16

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm (Saturday & Sunday matinees, 3pm), 90 mins 



South London-based theatre company Velvet Trumpet present the grimy, dark, bittersweet and, above all, funny debut play of excitable Welsh playwright Ffion Jones: Ugly Lovely.

'But where else can you go bird? All we’ve got is Swansea. You haven’t got nowhere else.’

It’s Shell’s birthday and cradling her only gift, won at the local arcade, she’s finally woken up to smell the vodka. Between nights out with her only friend and chats with her Nan’s ashes, she tries to unravel what she wants from life in the pretty sh*tty city of Swansea.

Velvet Trumpet have a passion for intimate new comedies which delve into the humour and pathos of unexplored occupations and unexamined lives. They also think the way the theatre industry is run is a bit w**k. “We’re the theatre company that hates theatre. We don't come from money so we understand the importance of championing the work of people who wouldn’t normally get something on stage and aim to produce work that's relatable, honest and genuinely funny.  And we never compromise. It all comes down to high standards and a strong DIY ethic…”

Velvet Trumpet curate sell-out new writing night ‘Soggy Brass’ at Southwark Playhouse – where Ugly Lovely originated. Having garnered a cult following they now offer a Royalty Card – much like a loyalty card but REGAL – priced at £15 and available online. The card allows their regular punters to support the company whilst getting the best concessions on Velvet Trumpet productions for life. They're shiny, they're plastic and they’re individually numbered.



“Velvet Trumpet are the masters of municipal dark comedy. An unlikely genre but they totally nail it” Stewart Pringle (Time Out/Exeunt)

“(Velvet Trumpet) aren’t afraid to be inventive and push against the squeeze on funding and challenge the social status quo that seems to have theatre by its vice-like, privileged grip” (View From The Upper Circle on Money Womb)


Earlier Event: June 21
The Doctor in Spite of Himself
Later Event: June 29