My Mother’s Funeral: The Show

by Kelly Jones

Abigail’s mum is dead. But it turns out she can’t afford her to be.

Did you know how expensive it is to die? It’s £4000 for the funeral. Extra for flowers. And even more if you want sausage rolls. Otherwise, she will get a council funeral and an unmarked grave.

Then, when a theatre suddenly pulls out of Abigail’s new project, she is asked to write about something else. Something more raw, from her ‘unique working class lens.’ Something that will make the audience feel really, really bad about themselves. Audiences like that, apparently.

Yep. To afford the funeral, she has to write about her mum.

With power and playfulness, Kelly Jones’s new play tackles the inequalities around death, and the cost of turning your loved ones into art.

A Paines Plough, Mercury Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Landmark Theatres, and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production.

The commissioning of My Mother’s Funeral: The Show was enabled by a grant from the New Play Commission Scheme, a project set up by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council, and funded by Arts Council England, the Theatre Development Trust and donations from actors, directors, playwrights and producers.

My Mother’s Funeral: The Show was developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.

Age guidance: 14+
Content: Strong language.
Trigger warning: Deals with the topic of bereavement.


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Belgrade Theatre


25 – 27 Jul 2024

Roundabout at Summerhall


1 – 26 Aug 2024

Key Theatre


3 – 7 Sep 2024

Theatre Royal Plymouth


10 – 14 Sep 2024

Mercury Theatre


17 – 19 Sep 2024

Bristol Old Vic


24 – 28 Sep 2024

The Core at Corby Cube


30 Sep – 1 Oct 2024

Royal & Derngate


3 – 5 Oct 2024

Northern Stage


10 – 12 Oct 2024

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