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Funeral Meats - King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AWARD-winning company LUXE Performance is presenting the world premiere of Funeral Meats at the King’s Head Theatre. A one-act play exploring the legacies of same-sex marriage, immigration, fame and inherited mental illness, it runs from August 8 to August 13, 2017.

Luke and Laura are brother and sister; they reunite at their famous mother’s funeral after many years apart, following a bitter break-up with Luke’s husband Felix. An old intimate friend of their mother is there to complete the party, and as the evening draws on she reveals her own vein of intrigue.

With the arrival of Felix at the wake, and while the alcohol flows, a story saturated with recrimination, revelation and revenge is revealed.

Featuring Helen Adie, Cradeaux Alexander, Luca Pusceddu and Ramona Von Pusch, Funeral Meats is being produced as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the sexual offences act in 1967 and eventual decriminalisation of homosexuality.

LUXE Performance was founded in New York in the mid-90s by Artistic Director Cradeaux Alexander. The company reinvigorates classic modern dramatic texts and creates new ones. Now based in London, the company have staged critically acclaimed productions including the New York stage premiere of Eh Joe (by Samuel Beckett), and the UK premiere of Desire Caught by the Tail (by Pablo Picasso).

Other notable productions include Rhino (based on Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco), Vengeance, Bloodlust & Afternoon Tea, Medeamaterial, Heartpiece, Quartet (all by Heiner Mueller), and Love Kills (based on Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant by Rainer Fassbinder).

Tickets: £18, £15 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7226 8561 or online at

Times: 9.30pm from August 8 – 12 and 5.30pm on August 13.

Running Time: 1 hour.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: the world premiere of Outlaws to In-Laws.