01 July 2022

Good Grief at Abbey Theatre

As part of The Art of Grieving Festival, currently exhibiting at St Albans Museum + Gallery, Edinburgh Untapped award winner Ugly Bucket Theatre company will be performing ‘Good Grief’ on 8pm on Thursday, July 20 at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans.  The one night only performance will be a chance to see the production, which was listed in The Guardian’s ‘Guide to the Best Summer Culture’, before the company heads off for a 3 week run at Edinburgh Fringe.

Good Grief at St Albans Abbey Theatre

According to the British Theatre Guide, “The Multi award-winning physical comedy company has created a techno-clown-funeral to process the death of a friend the only way they know how: a kinetic maelstrom of outrageous clowning and personal testimony, with a thumping techno soundtrack”.

Featured by BBC Stories, Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss, and the memories left behind, brought to you by “one of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies*”. 

Aiming to help break the taboo around loss, bereavement and death, the thought-provoking performance encourages openness and conversation about these topics.  

Following a dying man’s last wish – for his friends to create a show about death – the play is “fast… funny and… plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely... exciting, innovative work” according to The Stage**.

Profit from the performance will be donated to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Ollie Foundation. 

Find out more and book your tickets here.

The play on July 20 is just one of many pieces of work by over 50 artists, who are exhibiting paintings, sculptures, photos, short films, textiles, songs and poetry about loss, bereavement or death in the festival. Every piece is accompanied by a description of the circumstances in which it was created or the inspiration behind its creation. All are designed to help people continue conversations around grief, bereavement and death that are so hard to start but so important to have.

Lisa Jackson, Head of Family Support Services at Rennie Grove said: “We share the festival’s ethos and its aim to encourage more people to talk about death, dying and loss. It’s a big part of our clinicians’ work – to support patients and their families to have these conversations. We strongly believe it’s important for everyone to feel comfortable talking about these topics, whatever their situation. So we welcome this festival and its unparalleled opportunities to think about and discuss death, dying and bereavement in a supportive, respectful environment.”

Find out more about the festival, including a show, documentary, Zentangle sessions (to produce a piece of art in 90 mindful minutes), and Death Cafes where people can eat cake, drink tea and discuss death, by clicking here.