No longer available.John Kirk specialises in drama workshops and theatre for young people.

I am pleased to present The Unlucky Mummy.

At the end of the 19th Century The Valley of the Kings is beginning to give up its secrets to European Egyptologists. “The Unlucky Mummy” is discovered and a legend spanning three continents and many more hapless owners unravels.

Originally devised for The Lightbox, Woking, the story is based upon the popular legend about what happened to the infamous British Museum artefact “The Legend of the Unlucky Mummy” is a 30-40 minute comedy, introducing young audiences to the world of Ancient Egypt through an interactive narrative and puppetry.

Please note that this story is dynamic and will require enough space for movement and audience participation.

Suitable for schools, museums and libraries for festivals and events as well as literacy and fun days.

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Synopsis of the Story and Presentation

Sir Cecil Fairfax buys a stolen sarcophagus whilst holidaying in Egypt and disappears into the desert.  The sarcophagus is then transported to London and an Egyptologist disappears into the London night.  The Unlucky Mummy is locked away in the museum’s basement until an American businessman buys it but does the cursed object have anything to do with the fate of the Titanic?  This is a high paced, physical comedy.  Presented in an assembly/conference style.


The Unlucky Mummy“John was wonderfully enthusiastic and captivated the audience with his multi-charactered performance…”

Exhibitions Manager, The Lightbox, Woking (August 2012)

“I loved the story of the unhappy mummy my favourite part was when the museum person was scared of the mummy!”
Eleanor, Age 6, Beckenham Library (Nov 2012)

“It made me laugh a lot…”

Jacopo, Lower School, Cameron House (Oct 2014)

The Porter“It was a very good interactive performance, and the children loved it. They were chatting about it excitedly after the show.”

Library Assistant, Hackney Central Library (Feb 2013)