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May Contain Food
Four singers and four dancers explore food and our relationship to eating, with an a cappella score composed by Orlando Gough and performed live by the cast. Set in a dining environment, you are invited to sit at a table, offered a tasting menu and served an indulgent, nostalgic, immersive show that may contain food... Watch the trailer of the show and read an interview with Luca Silvestrini.
Feedback from audiences:
"Entertaining, funny, accessible, visually stunning. Equally gruelling, disturbing and very honest"
"Loved it! I felt so conscious of everything! Food will never be looked, smelled, touched or eaten in the same sense again!"
"An amazing experience. Very impressed by the vocal quality of the company - and all a cappella!!"
"Really excellent exploration of our rather modern obsession with food - brilliant dancing and singing. Enjoyed every minute"
Orlando Gough Blog
The composer for May Contain Food, Orlando Gough, has written about the show in his blog for TOAST. Read some of his insights into our new production by clicking here.
Orlando is also a culinary genius and created the tantalisingly tasty recipes for May Contain Food. Check out his new recipe book here.
May Contain Food Reviews
The reviews are in!
4 stars from theguardian
"The cast are excellent, so multi-skilled that it’s often hard to distinguish singers from dancers. Gough's a capella score is equally various, ranging from acerbic satire to a chorus of Balkan-sounding harmonies that evoke the ancient, ceremonial power of food."
- Judith Mackrell, theguardian
Read the full article here
4 stars from The Stage
"Over four ‘courses’ which are delivered to the tables, the multi-disciplined cast delivers shards of text, songs and movement that dissect and examine our relationship with food."
"The devised quirkiness is calculated to provoke and promote self-interrogation even as it amuses and entertains."
- Neil Norman, The Stage
Read the full article here
We recently partnered with the London College of Communication to create animations inspired by May Contain Food. After watching previews of the show, students were asked to create a 30-second animation. We were delighted by the results, and have chosen the top five for you to see.
Now we ask YOU to vote for YOUR favourite! The winner's animation will become part of our marketing package for future performances. Watch them ONLINE here, or at The Place in the bar area until 7 May, and get voting!
May Contain Food 2016 tour
For full info and links to booking details of tour dates please click here
The Place, London
Wed 20 April - Sat 7 May (not Sun/Mon)
Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
Thu 19 - Fri 20 May
The Point, Eastleigh
Tue 24 - Wed 25 May
Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds
Thu 26 May
Sun 29 May
Thu 2 - Fri 3 June
South Hill Park, Bracknell
Wed 8 - Thu 9 June
Border Tales on the BBC!
On Monday 18 April, an extract of Border Tales was filmed by BBC World Service as part of their 'Identity Day'. Performed in the iconic art deco Radio Theatre in Old Broadcasting House, it was shown on BBC channels around the world, including BBC Africa, BBC Persian, BBC China and BBC Arabic.
You can watch a three-minute extract of the performance here.
Luca's Guardian blog
Following another successful Real Life, Real Dance project last year with Newhaven School and Greenwich Dance, Luca was invited by Judith Mackrell to write a guest blog for The Guardian, which you can read here: