Food, sisterhood and the deliciousness of sex

Food, sisterhood and the deliciousness of sex

CREATED ON // Friday, 20 June 2014

SYDNEY: This bold new production not only satisfies an appetite, it also nourishes the mind. Get ready to experience Food.

Combining elements of drama, comedy, dance and cookery, Food is an erotic mix of words and movement by theatrical marvel Steve Rodgers.

“Food, as the title suggests, is a play about food and cooking,” Rodgers says. “But it’s also very much about sex, and how our relationship with both can define us.”

A co-production between Belvoir and Force Majeure, Rodgers co-directed Food with acclaimed choreographer and Force Majeure Artistic Director Kate Champion. Together, they have crafted a communion between the audience and the characters as they come together around the dining table.


[Image] Emma Jackson in Food.

Food explores the relationship between two estranged sisters, Elma (Mel King) and Nancy (Emma Jackson), who reunite to restore the family’s rundown tuckshop. Many years ago, Nancy left the remote truck stop home for a life of chaos, freedom and sex; Emma stayed behind and cooked. Now Nancy has returned and their lives are disrupted by the arrival of a young life-loving Turkish traveller, Hakan Leventoglu (Fayssal Bazzi), whose charm and sensuality will turn their worlds around.

Watch the preview of Food

A play titled Food would not be complete without the real thing. At each performance, selected audience members will be served supper and the opportunity to sample a range of delicious soul food and local wines.

[Cover image] Emma Jackson and Mel King in Food. Photo: Heidrun Lohr

Food plays July 1-5 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. Tix $31-$48 from

Food also plays at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, from July 17-19. Book at


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