#PULSE17 – Jack Rooke: Good Grief

Performed on Wed 7 Jun


Jack Rooke: Good Grief Trailer

Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely invite you to the happiest town in Britain

Directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith
Initial development by Leisa Rea

With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year old Nan Sicely invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne. Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families.

Another compelling production from Soho Theatre, Good Grief was shortlisted for the Best Show by an Emerging Artist in the Total Theatre Awards 2015.

Jack Rooke is a comedian, writer and regular panellist on BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery. He has presented a BBC Radio 4 comedy adaptation of Good Grief and his own BBC Three documentary about happiness, due to air in early 2017.

Reviews of #PULSE17 – Jack Rooke: Good Grief

What the press say


“Good Grief started in my Nan's council flat over some sweet and sour chicken balls and has bizarrely achieved any dream I had for it. As a comedy-documentary-theatre show its been commissioned by BBC Comedy, spawned a BBC Three documentary series (Happy Man), featured in The New York Times fringe highlights and now I'm chuffed it's touring nationally with Soho Theatre. I hope this encourages people to eat sweet and sour chicken balls and chat with their Nan more often.”

Jack Rooke

‘Engaging, frank and humorous.’

New York Times

‘A combination of tongue-in-cheek humour and point blank honesty, bringing to light an extremely difficult topic that Rooke passionately believes needs more attention.’

Broadway Baby

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