Ugly Chief

Ugly Chief

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.


A new show from the creator of Major Tom and Hair Peace.

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...

Critic reviews

It makes for a mongrel piece, as messy as life, as awkward as death and as funny as anything spinning out of control


In a ridiculously enjoyable show, Victoria Melody and her father, Mike, reveal how they came to organise his funeral even though he was still very much alive

The Guardian

Smart, warm and unpretentiously funny.

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 31 Oct - Sat 18 Nov, 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 55 mins


Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN London, UK · Get Directions
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