On a stretch of Australian highway, two sisters run a takeaway joint – their days heavy with Chiko Rolls and memories. While they quietly wage war with their past and wrangle with each other about how to map out their future, a young traveller arrives bringing with him a charm and sensuality that turns their world around.
Rodgers, the playwright and co-director, said that food and sensuality were both central themes in the play, which draws closely on his own personal experiences and observations.
“Food, as the title suggests, is a play about food and cooking. But it’s also very much about sex and how our relationship with both can define us,” he said.
“It’s hard to work out when my memory stops and fiction starts. A lot of it comes from my own experience and the people I’ve observed and loved in my life: my family, girlfriends and mates. But the characters in the play take over and it becomes something else.”
Co-directed with acclaimed choreographer Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure, together they have crafted a communion between the audience and the characters as they come together around the dining table. At each performance selected members of the audience will be served supper.
Weaving together text, music, image and movement Food is a physical, poetic production that will surprise and stir in equal parts.
Director: Kate Champion / Steve Rodgers Cast: Fayssal Bazzi, Melissa King and Emma Jackson Assistant Director: Danielle Micich Producer: Belvoir and Force Majeure Set & Costume Designer: Anna Tregloan Lighting Designer: Martin Langthorne Sound Designer/Composer: Ekrem Mulayim
Glen Street Theatre, corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose
Season: 31 July – 6 August 2014
Bookings: (02) 9975 1455 or online at: www.glenstreet.com.au
For more information, visit: www.glenstreet.com.au for details. Following the Glen Street season, Food will also tour to venues throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, click here for details.
Image: Emma Jackson in Food – photo by Heidrun Lohr