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Chef

Thu 31st Jul – Sun 17th Aug 2014

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“Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head-chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. ”

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SUMMARY

Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head-chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Sabrina Mahfouz's distinct award-winning lyrical style and Jade Anouka's mesmerising performance make this an extraordinary, must-see, new show.

Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope.

Inspired by an interview Mahfouz conducted with Ollie Dabbous, Chef studies food as the ultimate art form taking stimulus from Dabbous’ obsession with simplicity and making something the best it can be. As the Michelin-star chef of the moment says, ‘language is a bit like a dish, you break it down into little parts and it suddenly becomes easier’.

Chef is an explosively engaging character, leading us through her triumphs and tragedies with words as sharp as her knife: ‘The night is packed away into a black bin bag, tagged with a let's not talk of that again, tomorrow will be better and maybe we should just get pizza’.

Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward and produced by POP, Chef has been made possible through a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

‘a blistering way with language…this is how theatre can take you anywhere in your imagination’ ***** The Herald on Clean

POP are also co-presenting John Berkavitch’s Shame. In this explosive work of spoken-word hiphop-theatre Berkavitch is joined by some of the country’s most innovative break-dancers as he explores the feeling of shame through a combination of narrative spoken-word, hip-hop, contemporary dance, illustration, animation and music.

Admission: £6 – £10.50

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