FOOD

By Steve Rodgers

FINBOROUGH THEATRE

20th june - 15TH july 2017

TUESDAY - SATURDAY 19.30

saturday & SUNDAY matinees 15.00

Photography by Arabella Neale

Photography by Arabella Neale


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Nancy left, chosing chaos, freedom and sex. Elma stayed behind and cooked.

Now Nancy is back.

On a stretch of Australian highway, sisters Elma and Nancy run their family takeaway joint – their days heavy with deep frying and memories. While they quietly wage war with their past and dream of a brighter future, a young life-loving Turkish traveller arrives, bringing a charm and sensuality that turns their world upside down. 


REVIEWS

"Story arch nicely delivers its verdict that blood is thicker than water in this recipe we call life . . . Food for thought indeed." ★★★★

Amy Stow - LondonTheatre1

"Beautifully designed and executed, Food is a thoroughly enjoyable insight into a complex family . . . Transcendent . . . Food is a wrenching and turbulent production, cleanly executed." ★★★★

Christina Carè Calgaro - LastMinuteTheatreTix

"Spirited performances and creative direction give this play fizz . . . Spirited performances from the talented cast . . . An enjoyable feast for the senses"  ★★★★

Sian Rowland - LondonPubTheatres

"Emma Playfair and Lily Newbury-Freeman are excellent"

Howard Loxton: BritishTheatreGuide

"A sizzling success . . . Deep fried emotions . . . Constantly compelling . . . Food, both darkly raw and bright, has all the ingredients of a satisfying and thought-provoking drama."

Peter Barker: trafficlighttheatregoer

"The play successfully shades in the complicated swirl of trauma, resentment and guilt that has driven a wedge between them." ★★★

TOM WICKER: TIMEOUT

"Charming" ★★★

Rob Warren: Everything-Theatre

"Cressida brown's direction elicits strong and confident performances all round and well-devised movement directed by Ita O'Brien allows for some elements of the story to be effectively and sensitively handled." ★★★

Peter Brown: ActDrop

 

production team:

DIRECTOR: CRESSIDA BROWN

Movement DIRECTOR: ITA O'BRIEN

DESIGNER: HANNAH WOLFE

Lighting designer: Richard williamson

Sound designer: jon mcleod

cast:

HAKAN: SCOTT KARIM

NANCY: LILY newbury-freeman

elma: emma playfair

 

 


'Member when you were smart? Year six, start of high school, you know, fractions, Pythagoras’s thing, all that? One day, just like that, ya got dumb, made yourself dumb, like that was more attractive.


PLAYWRIGHT 'STEVE RODGERS'

Playwright Steve Rodgers trained at Theatre Nepean, Sydney. His plays include Ray's Tempest (Belvoir Theatre, Sydney, and Melbourne Theatre Company) which was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights' Award and nominated for Best New Australian Work in the Sydney Theatre Awards; Savage River (Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Tasmanian Theatre Company) which was also nominated for Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards; King of Pigs (National Play Festival Playwriting Australia); Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam; and Nothing to Lose (Force Majeure at the Sydney Festival and the Malthouse, Melbourne). Television includes Heads Up (Joanna Werner and Blackfella Films) and Rush (Southern Star, TEN Network and John Edwards). Film includes The Girls and 7 Zero. In addition to writing, Steve has worked as an actor in film, theatre and television for the last twenty years.

“Family drama with sizzle, served with a side of sexual undercurrents…Steve Rodgers’s new play kneads family drama and intercultural rom-com with traces of desire and sexual violence into intimate and involving theatre” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Writer and co-director Steve Rodgers is developing quite the catalogue of gentle, striking pieces of theatre, with Ray’s Tempest and Savage River achieving critical acclaim. Food certainly cements Rodgers’ ability to craft the extraordinary from the everyday.” Oz Baby Boomers

“A show that is a robust meal… warm, substantial, and completely delicious.  I recommend this play unreservedly.” Australian Stage

“This is soul food, with all the right ingredients” Crikey


director 'cressida brown'

Director Cressida Brown is the Artistic Director of the political theatre company ‘Offstage’, and winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation UK Artists of Choice. Offstage Theatre company’s first production was the critically acclaimed HOME (2006) by Gbolahan Obisesan, establishing the company as a ground-breaking sit-specific theatre company. Productions include AMPHIBIANS by Steve Waters, and WALKING THE TIGHTROPE by writers including Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, and Timberlake Wertenbaker. She has recently worked with Theatre 503, the Unicorn theatre, the Tricycle theatre, Birmingham Rep and Belarus Free Theatre. Over the last decade she has directed premieres by writers including Gbolahan Obisesan, Steve Waters, April DeAngelis, Neil Labute, Mark Ravenhill, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Evan Placey, Christopher Chen, Adam Peck, Julia Pascal, Sarah Solemani, Ryan Craig, Tim Fountain, Somalia Seaton, and Steven Loughton.

“It's scorching and funny and totally miserable." ★★★★ The Stage on Screens

"The sort of production that makes you re-evaluate your experience at the Fringe." ★★★★★ EdFringe Review on Walking the Tightrope

"By turns playful, complex and downright disturbing." ★★★★ Time Out on Walking the Tightrope

"An infectiously defiant spirit...linguistically versatile and politically charged...heartening." ★★★★, Time Out on Home

“More than just theatre – it's an experience, and an inspired one at that." ★★★★★ Three Weeks on Phaedre "Sublime." ★★★★ The Scotsman on Phaedre (Recommended Show)

“Terrific…imaginative…it’s well worth taking the plunge.” The Guardian on Amphibians


Photography by Arabella Neale 2017

Photography by Arabella Neale 2017


press on 'FOOD' (belvoir theatre // Australia)

“Family drama with sizzle, served with a side of sexual undercurrents…Steve Rodgers’s new play kneads family drama and intercultural rom-com with traces of desire and sexual violence into intimate and involving theatre” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Writer and co-director Steve Rodgers is developing quite the catalogue of gentle, striking pieces of theatre, with Ray’s Tempest and Savage River achieving critical acclaim. Food certainly cements Rodgers’ ability to craft the extraordinary from the everyday.” Oz Baby Boomers

“A show that is a robust meal… warm, substantial, and completely delicious.  I recommend this play unreservedly.” Australian Stage

“This is soul food, with all the right ingredients” Crikey


WHERE:

finborough theatre

118 Finborough Road

London

SW10 9ED