Spring-Summer Season 2017 | April-July 2017

FOOD

by Steve Rodgers

 
Tuesday, 20 June – Saturday, 15 July 2017

The premiere production outside Australia

“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.”

Nancy left, choosing 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.

Food is the first production outside Australia of Australian playwright Steve Rodgers, directed by Cressida Brown, the Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre, and director of the critically acclaimed Amphibians and Walking the Tightrope.

ABOUT THE 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.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR CRESSIDA BROWN

Director Cressida Brown was recipient of the National Theatre Studio's Bulldog Prinsep Bursary in 2007, a recipient of the British Council Artists' International Development Fund in 2013, and awarded the Kevin Spacey Foundation's Artist of Choice in 2015. Direction includes Septimus Bean (Unicorn Theatre), Home (Beaumont Estate),The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre), the UK premiere of Caught (Arcola Theatre), Screens and Beautiful Eyes and Trump in Palestine as part of Top Trumps (Theatre 503), Phaedre (Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh), Walking The Tightrope by writers including April DeAngelis, Caryl Churchill, Neil Labute, Mark Ravenhill, and Timberlake Wertenbaker (Underbelly), Accidental Brummie (Birmingham Rep), Macbeth (Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Paris), Beyond The Fringe (House of Commons), Re: HOME (Yard Theatre) and Theatre Uncut (Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York City). She is currently developing a play for the Tricycle Theatre by Somalia Seaton. Cressida is Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre.

THE PRESS ON PLAYWRIGHT STEVE RODGERS

“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

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR CRESSIDA BROWN

“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

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 20 June – Saturday, 15 July 2017

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 1 July 2017).

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Prices until 2 July

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (20 and 21 June) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 23 June 2017 when booked online only.

Prices from 4 July

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Directed by Cressida Brown

Presented by NewPlay Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Casting to be announced.

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