"Hail Mum, full of life.
we are with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy body."
Tiffany's mum got hit by a Birdseye truck on the M25. There’s family to call and a coffin to order, but first she has to talk to her Dad – and for some reason that's the toughest thing on her to-do list.
Meanwhile, an oozing paper bag on the doorstep holds a dying wish that will either bring a FATHER AND daughter together, or drive them further apart.
In her surreal new play about grief, parenting, and alternative meat, Sarah Kosar (Spaghetti Ocean, Royal Court Live Lunch) asks how far we can be pushed by love and obligation.
MUMBURGER HAD ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE ARCHIVIST'S GALLERY FROM 9 - 24 JULY 2016.
THIS PRODUCTION WAS NOMINATED FOR AN OFF WEST END (OFFIE) AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE (Rosie Wyatt).
THE ARCHIVIST'S GALLERY PRODUCTION TEAM:
WRITTEN BY SARAH KOSAR
PERFORMED BY ROSIE WYATT AND LINDON ALEXANDER
PRODUCED BY Stephanie Koniger Productions and Rough Hewn.
DIRECTED BY TOMMO FOWLER
DESIGNED BY RUTA IRBITE
LIGHTING AND PROJECTION BY ARNIM FRIESS
SOUND BY PURVI TRIVEDI
ASSISTANT PRODUCING BY CELESTE HARPER DAVIS
ASSISTANT DIRECTING BY DOMINIC COOPER Ast. Producer: Celeste Harper Davis
With generous support from The Richard Carne Trust.
MUMBURGER TRANSFERRED TO THE OLD RED LION IN 2017.
OLD RED LION THEATRE PRODUCTION TEAM:
WRITTEN BY SARAH KOSAR
PERFORMED BY ROSIE WYATT AND ANDREW FRAME
DIRECTED BY TOMMO FOWLER
DESIGNED BY CHARLOTTE HENERY
LIGHTING BY ROBBIE BUTLER
SOUND BY ODINN ORN HILMARSSON
FIGHT DIRECTION BY AILIN CONANT
PRODUCED BY HANNAH TOOKEY
WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, UNITY TRUST, CARNE TRUST AND INLAND HOMES.
MUMBURGER HAD ITS AMERICAN PREMIERE AT OFF THE WALL IN PITTSBURGH, PA IN MARCH 2019.
OFF THE WALL PRODUCTION TEAM:
WRITTEN BY SARAH KOSAR
DIRECTED BY ROBYNE PARRISH
TIFFANY - JESSIE WRAY GOODMAN
HUGH - KEN BOLDEN
SET DESIGN - ADRIENNE FISCHER
LIGHTING - PAIGE BORAK
SOUND - SHANNON KNAPP
PROJECTIONS - TAYLOR EDELLE STUART
PROPS - KIM CRAWFORD
COSTUMES - AUNT BOO BOO’S COSTUME DESIGN
BOARD OPERATOR - BRIANNE MUELLER
STAGE MANAGER - HEIDI NAGLE
★★★★ FEMALE ARTS
★★★★ LIVE THEATRE
★★★★ CRITICALLY SPEAKING
★★★★ SPY IN THE STALLS
★★★★ LONDON THEATRE 1
★★★★ ARTHUR'S SEAT
★★★★ LONDON PUB THEATRES
"MUMBURGER CERTAINLY MAKES A LASTING AND POWERFUL IMPRESSION" - THE BLOG OF THEATRE THINGS
"THEATRICAL BRILLIANCE... YOU’LL NEVER HAVE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE – GRAB A TICKET WHILE YOU CAN" - FAIRY POWERED PRODUCTIONS
"A MATURE, PROVOCATIVE PIECE OF WORK” - ★★★★ FEMALE ARTS
"KOSAR’S WRITING IS OUTSTANDING, TOUCHING ON A SUBJECT THAT MAKES MOST PEOPLE UNEASY” - ★★★★ LIVE THEATRE UK
"KOSAR’S STRENGTH IS IN HER ABILITY TO MINE HUMOUR ORGANICALLY” - ★★★★ CRITICALLY SPEAKING
“What’s most impressive about Kosar is not only her insights into how families handle grief, but the discipline, economy and brightness of her writing.” - ALEKS SIERZ, NEW WRITING FOR THE BRITISH STAGE
“At once humorous and horrific, this spin is a genuine assault on the senses but what's interesting about Kosar's writing is the adventurousness of its spirit.” - IAN FOSTER, OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS
“[Kosar’s] writing is outstanding, touching on a subject that makes most people uneasy.” - LIVE THEATRE UK
“Alexander’s fantastically executed and intimate moment with the tiny slab of his wife’s remains is one the best recent moments on a fringe theatre stage.” - THE PLAY’S THE THING
“[Mumburger] encapsulates all that theatre can aspire to.” - CASTING NETWORKS
“Mumburger is both moving and entertaining.” - ALEKS SIERZ
“...] a delicately daring feat, balancing all sorts of things at once [...] You ought to see Mumburger. Top-Shelf ‘Mumburger’ Is Weirdness Done Right” - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL PGH
“It’s artistically relevant and facetious and so very original. Mumburger is intriguing, connected and a skillful dramedy. A truly fascinating work of art.” - PGH IN THE ROUND
“[...] packed with well-crafted details [...] an intimate, well-acted exploration of grief and family.” - PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER
[Mumburger] offers a feast of cathartic release and a full plate of emotions [...] a wholly satisfying experience. - PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
“Induces audience reactions from gagging to gasping to laughter” - PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
“It’s wacky, wild ride. A coal black comedy about grief” - ‘BURGH VIVANT
“[...] Mumburger is a play that stretches the imagination as well as the heart. Mumburger is, without a doubt, a strange play, but in the most beautiful way.” - PITTSBURGH COLLECTIVE
“[...] the script is like an exploratory landing on a distant, dark moon. [...] It’s really remarkable work.” = PITTSBURGH CURRENT
“Butler-Native Sarah Kosar’s Imagination Is ‘Unfettered And Flowering’ In ‘Mumburger’ - PITTSBURGH CURRENT
“It’s a testament to Sarah Kosar’s theatrical imagination that she could turn the simple act of eating a hamburger into a moment of shock and disgust which can send an audience reeling.” - PITTSBURGH CURRENT
“The clues may be there but I was still astounded by Sarah Kosar's Mumburger.” - OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS
“Mumburger isn't a world for easy resolutions but it certainly leaves an interesting taste in the mouth.” - OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS
“Kosar’s extraordinary and laudable attitude is the reason behind this residency – the playwright took it upon herself to contact the venue and secure the opportunity.” - LIVE THEATRE UK
“Stimulating and thought-provoking.” - LIVE THEATRE UK
“The multiple dynamics of the father-daughter relationship are played out like an orchestral rise and fall around the stage’s centrepiece of a single refrigerator.” - CASTING NETWORKS
“Mumburger is a beautiful play.” - CASTING NETWORKS
“[Mumburger] is touching without being depressing, moving without being self-indulgent, thought-provoking without being alienating.” - CASTING NETWORKS
“[Mumburger] opens the gaping wound of loss and invites the audience to stare deep into the chasm of their own consciousnesses.” - CASTING NETWORKS
“Kosar’s strength is in her ability to mine humour organically.” - CRITICALLY SPEAKING
“A staple of her work, Kosar proves she can tow that line between the actual and the surreal.” - CRITICALLY SPEAKING
“Kosar’s script is without a doubt a good one.” - THE PLAY’S THE THING
“What Kosar has produced is a mature, provocative piece of work.” - FEMALE ARTS
“Kosar tackles a universal story with what is fast becoming her trademark surreal eye.” - CRITICALLY SPEAKING
“An incisive play” - BARGAIN THEATRE
“It is urgent material that holds dear to its timeless concern, but also asks unusual questions along the way.” - BARGAIN THEATRE
“Mumburger is visceral fare and not afraid of overstatement.” - BARGAIN THEATRE
“It is knowingly and consciously confrontational.” - BARGAIN THEATRE
“The fact that Kosar has been able to carve a new path on a route so well-trodden, is a rare achievement.” - BARGAIN THEATRE