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11 September 2014

A wildly comic twist on the stereotype of a queer, disabled, intellectual trouble-maker, featuring an international cast of disabled actresses including Liz Carr (Silent Witness) and Julie McNamara (Let Me Stay). This no-holds barred musical about what it means to be the quintessential Ugly Girl adrift in a comically hostile universe is full of slapstick, music and dark humour. Presented as part of a tour to develop disability arts.

photo of comedians Kiruna Stamell and Gareth Berliner against a white background.

The Ugly Girl as part of DATN Julie McNamara and Liz Carr

The psychotic surreal musical is played out by a dysfunctional family in front of the corpse of their dead mother. Including a comic mix of melodrama, Punch and Judy, vaudeville and English music hall.

Writer and performer Terry Galloway, deaf since nine, recently received a cochlear implant. The first minutes after implant all she could hear was a frightening cacophony:

“It made me want to tear my head off. I was terrified until my audiologist picked up a child’s toy—a bell, that when she rang it, made a piercingly joyful trill. My brain seemed to turn around in my skull and fasten on that sound. And when it did, I came to two realisations: I was going to love hearing; and I was going to write a musical.” 

“We love collaborating with our UK counterparts. One of the joys of working on this musical with other women with disabilities is how tough we all are on the material -- how ready we are to mine it for laughs. As a result, every "tragic" moment of the musical turns out to be quite funny. Like a line I'm fond of quoting from a film ‘Crush’ by Alison McKlean and Ann Kennedy: "One foot in the grave, one foot on the banana peel."

Thursday 20 November, 7pm - The Continental, Preston 
( / 01772 499425, £7/£5)

Friday 21 November, 8pm - The Lowry, Salford Quays
( / 0843 208 6000, £10/£8)

Saturday 22 November 7.30pm, - Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 
( / 01902 321 321, £10/£8

Wednesday 26 November, 7.30pm - The Bluecoat, Liverpool 
( / 0151 702 5324, £10/£8)

Ben Gunter; Composer, Music & Sound (US),
Donna Marie Nudd; Dramaturge, Co-Director and Creative Producer (US),
Terry Galloway; Writer and Co-Director (US),
Diane Wilkins; video and documentarian (US),

Liz Carr (UK)
Julie McNamara (UK)
Jean Graham Jones (US)
Christine Bruno (US)
Alan Kagan (US)

This tour is supported by Disability Arts Touring Network, a group of organisations and venues committed to developing disability arts in their regions and across areas of the UK, supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund.

There may be some adult themes and language. 

The tour will include British Sign Language Interpretation and Audio Description.

Social Media
Twitter #uglygirl @DaDaFest #DATN #dadafest14

For more information go to

Please click on this link to visit the Disability Arts Touring Network Project page


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