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Ursula Martinez

A Family Outing – 20 Years On

Absorbed in wryly honest and frank conversation, mother and daughter expose the banalities, hilarity, foibles and frustrations of their relationship.
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‘Hilarious, devilish and brilliant: Martinez has created a new theatrical genre.’ 

- The Independent (UK)

In 1998 Ursula Martinez took to the stage with her parents for the sublime A Family Outing. Now, 20 years later, she attempts to recreate the show without her dad and with a mother who can no longer remember her lines.

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.

Since the ‘truly hilarious’ (Independent on Sunday) original premiered in 1998, Martinez has turned 50, her father Arthur has passed away and her mother Mila has been diagnosed with early-stage dementia. 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. 

A Perth Festival Co-Commission 
Co-Commissioned by SICK Festival and Barbican Centre, London

Directed by Mark Whitelaw

Images: Hugo Glendinning

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Tickets from $36 - $36 + BF

Reserved Seating Admit $36

State Theatre Centre Studio Underground


7 Feb - 12 Feb 2019

Thu 7 Feb 2019, 8.00 PM

Fri 8 Feb 2019, 8.00 PM

Sat 9 Feb 2019, 8.00 PM

Sun 10 Feb 2019, 7.00 PM

Mon 11 Feb 2019, 7.00 PM

Tue 12 Feb 2019, 7.00 PM



  • Tactile Tour Tactile Tour
  • Auslan Performances Auslan Performances
  • Audio Described Audio Described
  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

Audio described performance Sun 10 Feb 7pm
Tactile tour Sun 10 Feb 7pm
Auslan interpreted performance Mon 11 Feb 7pm

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Please Note

Duration: approx 70mins
Latecomers only admitted at a suitable break in the performance.


Post Show Conversation

Mon 11 Feb 8pm


About the Artist

Fearless performer Ursula Martinez fuses personal experience and wicked humour to create innovative, challenging, highly entertaining theatre.

An award-winning writer, performance artist and director, thanks to the internet Martinez is probably best known around the world for hiding a red hankie. Her quirky, daring style of theatre has won her endless accolades and we’re excited to welcome her to Perth as our 2019 Artist-In-Residence.

While she’s in Perth Martinez will take part in workshops and talks and will also star in two shows – Free Admission and the newly-commissioned autobiographical A Family Outing – 20 Years On.



Supported by Patron Artist-In-Residence Adrian & Michela Fini. Supported by Arts Council England.


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