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Worldwide touring performer and stand-up icon Ursula Martinez makes her third guest appearance at Sophiensæle: Following the hit shows My Stories, Your E-Mails and Wild Bore, which were featured at our 2017 and 2019 fall festivals, she presents her new show A Family Outing - 20 Years On. 

Szene aus A Family Outing - 20 Years On
Szene aus A Family Outing - 20 Years On © Hugo Glendinning

In 1998, Martinez first brought A Family Outing onstage: conversations with her that were as honest as they were hilarious. Since the original's premiere, Martinez has turned 50, her father Arthur has passed away and her mother Mila has been diagnosed with early-stage dementia. Absorbed in wryly honest and frank conversation, a mother and daughter expose the banalities, hilarity, foibles and frustrations of their relationship.

Contrasting past and present, they bicker, cajole and encourage each other through this endearingly ad hoc, entertaining and ultimately uplifting performance. Through a canny interplay with the first production, this bracingly funny recreation blurs the lines between artifice and reality, while grappling with who we are and what happens to us as time marches on.

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WITH Ursula Martinez, Milagros Lea DIRECTOR Mark Whitelaw LIGHT Christopher Copland

A production by Ursula Martinez in coproduction with Perth Festival, Barbican and SICK! Festival. Supported by Arts Council England. The shows within the scope of the Coming of Age festival are realized with funds by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung, tipBerlin