MAY 23 - MAY 25
Tuesday – Thursday, 7.15pm, 60 mins
Inspired by the death of her own mother - TV comedy director Liddy Oldroyd (Drop the Dead Donkey, Gimme Gimme Gimme) - comedienne Amy Gwilliam brings Mummy back to London. To the cabaret, where she belongs.
Fourteen years ago, during break, Elizabeth lost her mother. She was sixteen. Two days later, she started her period. Ouch. Today, a celebrated Egyptologist, Professor Niccoll is Guest of Honour at her old school Alumni event. She has decided to use the platform to promote her new book: MUMMY or the Art of Saying Goodbye. She knows everything about death. She thinks. But confronted by the ghosts of her past, memories stir and a Mummy returns. The time has come to unwind.
Amy is a freelance theatre maker and teacher, and co-founder of Spain-based Teatro Entre Escombros (“sublime, ridiculous”), for which she continues to work as an Associate Artist. She trained at the École Philippe Gaulier (2008-10). Current work includes MUMMY, as solo performer/deviser and DE MONSTER as dramaturg/director for Rei Sem Roupa in Portugal. Recent work includes Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS (France, Candad, UK); Jean Cocteau’s THE HUMAN VOICE (Spain/France) and 31. NO ME PREGUNTES POR QUÉ (Spain/Italy/UK) as dramaturg/director, THE MOLE AND THE WORM (Best Show at Toledo Festival and Best Actress at Toledo and Murcia Festivals) and FUGA (People’s Prize at the TEA Festival, Salamanca) (Spain/UK) as deviser/performer with Teatro Entre Escombros. She regularly coaches for The Mono Box and The Actors Centre in London and works in film.
Sophie Larsmon was recently Associate Director of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at The Rose Theatre, Kingston. She is Artistic Director of SOLAR Productions, who produced the UK tour of Tristan Bernays’ critically acclaimed THE BREAD AND THE BEER (incl. Soho, The Lowry, Oxford Playhouse). Other projects include: MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS Bath Theatre Royal / West End (Associate Director); OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR Theatre Royal Stratford East & UK Tour (Associate Director); THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER (by Rachel Yelding, The Horse Hospital, 3 Pegs Productions), PROJECT NIGHT (by Tanika Gupta, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Uncut). Her producing credits include: THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS (curious directive, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 2013); RAVENS (Sabotage Theatre, 2013 rural tour); AFTER THE RAINFALL (curious directive and Watford Palace Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 2012 & UK tour); YOUR LAST BREATH (curious directive, 2012 UK Tour).
“rich and sly thanks to Amy Gwilliam’s wonderful performance” FringeReview
"powerful and convincing (…) the comedy is wonderfully done, but the catharsis is also utterly believable - that is no mean feat” FringeBlog