MUMBURGER – Old Red Lion Theatre

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Old Red Lion, London – until 22 July 2017

If a close relative’s dying wish makes you physically sick, are you still obliged to carry it out? Sarah Kosar’s play Mumburger explores how far familial obligation can go in the days and weeks after Andrea, mother of Tiffany (Rosie Wyatt) and wife of Hugh (Andrew Frame), is killed by a Birdseye truck on the M25.

Andrea was a strict vegan, which Tiffany and Hugh mostly went along with, but her dying wish is perhaps taking things a bit far. You see, Andrea’s had her remains delivered to them as burgers, which she wants them eat as a “digestive memorial”. What follows is Hugh and Tiffany’s struggle with and slow acceptance of this task, which they undertake whilst trying to deal with their own grief – and each other’s.

The dying wish, as shocking and disgusting as it is, turns out not to be the big problem, here. This is really a play about how differently a father and daughter see their wife/mother, and how a selfish desire to make people behave in a certain way, or to own all of the grief for themselves, can tear a family apart.

The premise of Mumburger is quite a challenging one within which to explore these issues, but it’s not sensationalist, and the cast and director Tommo Fowler ensure it’s played with seriousness and intelligence. For a one-act play, there’s certainly plenty to digest!

 

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.

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