ugly chief

The next showing of Ugly Chief will take place on 31 October – 18 November 2017 at Battersea Arts Centre, London

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.

Mike Melody will be running his own version of the Antiques Roadshow during the show. Bring along your own heirlooms, curiosities and collectables for him to value!


Created by Victoria Melody. Produced by Farnham Maltings.

Ugly Chief toured (preview) in June 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: Andy Schofield