Ugly Bucket Presents Good Grief

Theatre |
17th February 2023 – 18th February 2023

Starts 8pm | Tickets £12.50 | Theatre

Recipient of the New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly’s hit-making Untapped Award, supported by Methuen Drama, Good Grief is a cathartic reckoning with death and grief through a kinetic maelstrom of outrageous clowning, powerful and poignant personal testimony, and a thumping techno soundtrack.

Ugly Bucket created the first version of Good Grief as a tribute to their late friend Tim who had one final wish: to create a show about death… so they did. Good Grief is a healing process, celebration, and funeral all rolled into one. A highly creative and symbolic piece, it explores the many images and allegories through which we perceive and process death and brings them to life in vibrant, often outrageous fashion.

An original score by Duncan Gallagher complements the high-energy movement with angular and sharp techno-beats and live theremin. Voice recordings of Tim and testimonies by drama therapy patients, hospice residents, and volunteers with experience of grief interpolated into the soundscape. The floating, purgatorial set transports us instantly from the inside of the womb to a hospital waiting room.

Selected as one of The Guardians Summer Culture Picks, and after a spectacular Edinburgh Fringe sell-out run, Good Grief is a must-see for lovers of funny, fast and poignant physical theatre.

Ugly Bucket is providing real-time, live captioning for each performance of Good Grief at Brewery Arts.

In addition to Good Grief, Ugly Bucket will deliver a clowning workshop at Brewery Arts for those in the community who wish to learn about their one-of-a-kind theatrical techniques.

★★★★“Each scene is a gut punch delivered with a side-serving of laughter. Good Grief is exceptional.”Broadway World Scotland

★★★★ “Profound, heartbreaking, and riotously funny. A breathtaking, important piece of work. Go. It’ll make you feel alive.” Fest Mag

★★★★“Endlessly full of life. A unique, innovative show about grief which is not only funny but profoundly affecting.” Edinburgh Guide


Ugly Bucket Death Cafe

18 February | Starts 2pm | Free Event | Bar & Restaurant 

Whilst in Kendal, Ugly Bucket Theatre are offering a Death Cafe event in the Brewery Arts Bar & Restaurant for you to openly discuss death and grief with other members of the community. 

A Death Cafe is a group discussion with no directed agenda, objectives, or themes. In this case, Ugly Bucket will facilitate the Death Cafe and ensure everybody in attendance is comfortable.

This is a drop-in event and is free to attend.

Every performance is captioned

Familiarisation Tours
Ugly Bucket will schedule in familiarisation tours before each show, this is very similar to a touch tour except it is framed towards those who are neurodivergent and would like to see the set, the venue and the performers before the show starts. This would be just before the half and house opening.

Access Tools
Ugly Bucket will be providing access tools for audiences who want them for the show this will include something to fidget with, sunglasses, ear defenders/plugs and something to write or draw with. These will be free but we need some to be returned after the show.

Access Pack
There will be an access pack available which will include a basic breakdown of the plot of the show, triggers in the show, and information about when there are loud noises and flashing lights. This will be available for anyone to read pre-show and can be provided in advance if needed via email.

See all theatre events here.


17th February 2023 – 18th February 2023

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