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Mumburger: a Feast For All the Senses

SEEN saw this excellent play last night at Proud Archivist, a mere step away from Haggerston Overground, and down onto the canal towpath. Mumburger by Sarah Kosar concerns the fragmented family life of a celebrated vegan mother, who is dead at the time of the play, but whose presence looms large over disaffected husband Hugh, and their neurotic daughter Tiffany.

SEEN saw this excellent play last night at Proud Archivist, a mere step away from Haggerston Overground, and down onto the canal towpath. Mumburger by Sarah Kosar concerns the fragmented family life of a celebrated vegan mother, who is dead at the time of the play, but whose presence looms large over disaffected husband Hugh, and their neurotic daughter Tiffany.

Bizarrely, Mum has had herself made into burgers and urges her husband and child to eat her, as one last gesture of nurture from beyond the grave. Hugh and Tiffany confront each other and themselves as they consider themes of death, betrayal and the survival of love in the face of exhortations to cannibalism. Only by literally consuming the woman who has been the centre of their existence can they transcend their grief and move onto new, separate lives.

The performances were terrific: Rosie Wyatt totally inhabited the emotional Tiffany, whilst Lindon Alexander as Hugh gave a masterclass in understatement as a man struggling to connect with his volatile child. The use of multi-media projections gave us just enough flavour of the violent and uncertain world beyond, without detracting from the action: SEEN doesn’t often go to performances where food is cooked on-stage with a blowtorch. It finishes on the 24th, check the website for last-minute availability.

Mumburger Teaser from Rough-Hewn Theatre on Vimeo.

www.thearchivist.co.uk

The Archivist’s Gallery
2-10 Hertford Road
London
N1 5ET