Monday, 13 May 2013

Food For Thought!

Love food or hate food?  We all have a strong bond with food.  One minute we're overeating the next we're telling everyone we're on a diet.  Eat! Feasting, Fasting, Famine and Food for Thought is a fresh look at our relationship with food which has been cooked up by the Birmingham REP and Black Country Touring. 

The Birmingham REP contacted welovebearwood to tell us about their new project which is taking place on Wednesday 22 May to Saturday 1 June 2013 at Lighthouse Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT. It's being staged in 4 caravans no less!

"Touring bring their intimate, unique and tasty play to Wolverhampton in May. Eat!, inspired by personal stories of war and poverty, feasts and famines takes place in the unusual setting of four caravans situated in the courtyard adjacent to the Lighthouse Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Wolverhampton from 22 May to 1 June.

Eat! actor Sharanjit Bansal
photo by Robert Day
Eat! delves into stories and memories about food - it weaves together theatre, live music, installation, beatbox and spoken word in a production that takes audiences on a unique journey inspired by many stories that have been collected from people across the West Midlands.
The tasty site specific production using four caravans is based on personal accounts of what, when and how we eat and why it matters. The stories span the globe and tell of how people have discovered new worlds through food - from famine to hunger strike, persecution to celebration, anorexia to obesity.

Eat! actor Graeme Rose
photo by Robert Day

Steve Johnstone, the Director of Eat! has also said...

“The stories may have come from across the Midlands but in fact they could have originated anywhere in the world. We've talked and listened to people from a huge variety of backgrounds hearing about war, poverty, family celebrations and some quite unusual meals that would repulse even the hardest foodie. We've given a voice to some of these memories bringing to life some moving, charming and honest stories.

“We wanted the setting for Eat! to be more authentic and real than walking into a theatre. The caravans help to partition the stories into themes and locations and for audiences they’re not just on the front row of the audience they are right there in the middle of the story.”

Each performance of Eat! is restricted to 60 people, who when they arrive are divided into four groups of 15. Each group takes a seat in a caravan to watch the stories come to life, and then join together for more shared performances in the central courtyard before venturing into the next caravan. Each caravan has a very different feel to it – celebratory, a library lined with books, a gothic Victorian variety hall and one that is half garden potting shed, half food bank.

Eat! actor Nia Davies
photo by Robert Day

The performances times are 7.30pm Mon to Sat with matinees at 5.00pm on Thu 23, Sat 25, Thu 30 May and Sat 1 Jun and tickets are only £9 per person.

There are still a few remaining tickets... so phone the Birmingham REP Box Office on 0121 236 4455 or book them on the REP's website to get yours!

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