With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne. Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families.
Another compelling production from Soho Theatre, Good Grief was shortlisted for the Best Show by an Emerging Artist in the Total Theatre Awards 2015.
Jack Rooke is a comedian, writer and regular panellist on BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery. He has presented a BBC Radio 4 comedy adaptation of Good Grief and his own BBC Three documentary about happiness, due to air in early 2017.
“Engaging, frank and humourous” The New York Times
“Good Grief wins you over with openness and hilarity” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Rooke is a delight to spend an hour with, cheerily but sensitively tackling the most painful of subjects and finding hope in them.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“A mesmerising whirlpool of cleverly-written, tenderly shocking and awfully funny anecdotes” – Gay Times ★★★★★
Directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith. Produced by Soho Theatre and Jack Rooke. Initial development by Leisa Rea.
For ages 14+
Running time: Approx 60 mins
Contains strong language