ugly chief

It’s a eulogy for a living soul. 

In 2013, Victoria Melody’s dad (celebrity TV antique dealer, Mike Melody) was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Victoria trained as a funeral director so she could give him the service of his dreams – complete with eulogies, a Blackpool FC tangerine dress code and a New Orleans jazz procession. A year later the doctors realised they had misdiagnosed Mike. But they are going ahead with the funeral anyway…

Ugly Chief is a comedy based on true events, performed by a real-life father and daughter. It explores the taboos around death, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinion you don’t always agree with.

Ugly Chief toured across the UK in 2017 and 18.

“A ridiculously enjoyable show.Of course we love it.” – ★★★★ The Guardian “Messy, moving and funny. Exposes the fractures in families we often avoid expressing while we’re alive.’ – ★★★★ The Times 

“Fascinating, beautiful and utterly human.” – ★★★★ Time Out 

“An off-piste comic treat.’ ★★★★ Whats On Stage

“Extremely funny and wonderfully strange.” ★★★★ The Stage

Created by Victoria Melody. Produced by Farnham Maltings.

Ugly Chief toured (preview) in June 2017 and premiered at Battersea Arts Centre in Autumn 2017. 

Commissioned and developed at New Wolsey Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Battersea Arts Centre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.  Supported by The Point Eastleigh, The Spire, The Marlborough, National Performance Network, and Unity Theatre Trust. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Originally seeded by house with The Old Market.

Image credit: Hugo Glendinning.