The Rise & Fall of

The Hamburger Queen

2013-2016

The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen is a one woman show parody about being a performer and struggling to make it in the harsh world of showbiz. It contains lot of life lessons, colourful characters, and the most graphic musical number about childbirth you’re likely to find anywhere else.

The brainchild of Ashleigh Owen and Paul Burke, the show parodies Ashleigh’s real life journey in trying to make it as a performer and the struggles along the way. Ashleigh expanded upon her solo award winning cabaret piece “A Fat Girls History of Dance” which won her the crown at Scottee's acclaimed talent competition/beauty pageant for plus size people; “Hamburger Queen” in 2013.

This show explores being an outsider; building on the experiences and challenges competing for work in commercial theatre brings due to their obsession with size, age and ‘beauty’. But don’t worry too much about the serious stuff, you'll be laughing and tapping your feet too much to notice. You might even learn something..... About yourself!

PRESS

"A hilarious night of comedic flare"

North West End

★★★★★

"Rarely are there moments when at least one of the spectators is not laughing"

Writebase

8.5/10

R&D SUPPORTED BY

London Metropolitan University, London

FUNDED BY

Homotopia Festival

TOURED

2016

Unity Theatre, Liverpool

2015

Unity Theatre, Liverpool*

2013

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

*Work-in-progress showing

CREDITS

Created by Ashleigh Owen & Paul Burke • Performed by Ashleigh Owen • Music by Rose Betts & Sophie Griffiths • Choreography by Andrew McKay • Audio Visual Design by Mel Underwood-Owen • Set & Costume by Emma Witter • Photography by James Few.