The Beautiful House' is a story of modern mummification and the present day post-humanist crisis in our relationship with death.
Frankie Fisher, following the traditional wishes of her Egyptian grandmother, runs the world’s last and highly illegal Beautiful House in the remote highlands of Scotland.
The play follows the relationship between the professional perfectionist mortician turned mummifier, Frankie and her latest client who happens to be not only her adored high school teacher, but also her sister’s husband.
As the play progresses their relationship is re-lived, questioned and fantasised. Feelings of loss are examined, memories that should have been forgotten have surfaced and unanswered questions find their answer.
Using collected memoirs and interviews from the public, including a Forensic Artist, Nurse, Philosophy Student and a Heart Surgeon, ‘The Beautiful House’ explores death with fresh eyes by taking us back to the most ancient customs in history.
On September the 7th 2013, Gunshow Theatre premiered 'The Beautiful House', in collaboration with the acclaimed Chris Lee from Wildbird Theatre as part of the 2013 Season of Playpieces.
" Beautifully-choreographed..Profound, funny, cleverly-written and passionately-presented...this play reached into you and yanked at the very guts of what we believe life and death are about." - MC Highland News
"A powerful piece and strong performances...It was compelling and brilliantly performed. Visually and vocally so striking." - Angie Morris (Inverness UHI lecturer)
"A brilliant piece, wonderfully performed." - Anne Fraser (Audience member)
"A beautifully dark story" - Samantha Shaw (Audience member)
Written By: Emma Anderson
Directed By: Chris Lee & Emma Anderson
Cast: Chris Lee & Emma Anderson
Music by Baluga
This show is suitable for 16 years old +