A Family Outing: 20 Years On

A Family Outing: 20 Years On

Barbican Centre · 27 MAR - 30 MAR

Twenty years after bringing her parents onstage in the sublime A Family Outing, Ursula Martinez attempts to recreate the show, without her dad, and with a mother who can no longer remember her lines.

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7 March 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There’s four nights only, so you should get booking for Ursula Martinez’s attempt to revisit the cult show—A Family Outing—that she made with her mum and dead two decades ago. But now Martinez has turned 50, her dad is dead, and her mum can no longer remember her lines. But the two still intend to take to the stage to revisit their past and present relationship. I loved the original to bits.”


Absorbed in wryly honest and frank conversation, a mother and daughter expose the banalities, hilarity, foibles and frustrations of their relationship. Contrasting past and present, they bicker, cajole and encourage each other through this endearingly ad hoc, entertaining and ultimately uplifting performance.

Since A Family Outing original premiered in 1998, Martinez has turned 50, her father Arthur has passed away and her mother Mila has been diagnosed with early stage dementia. Through a canny interplay with the first production, this bracingly funny new show blurs the lines between artifice and reality while grappling with identity and the march of time.

Date & time

Opening 27 Mar
Wed 27 Mar - Sat 30 Mar, 7.45pm


Barbican Centre
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions
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