Sunday 12th February 3pm
A fusion of play and cookery demonstration.
Two actors play all the roles in the story of a busy night in the local curry house. They are also joined by a chef from your very own local restaurant – offering a spicy cookery demonstration. Includes a chance to share food and conversation with your local chef and the cast.
Deliciously entertaining for all the family!
The story of The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Kamal on a particularly busy night in their restaurant. As they struggle to deal with all of the customers ‘out front’ and the staff in the kitchen they also have to decide on the future of the family business. Will Kamal carry on the family business, or is this the end? Much of the fun of the show comes from seeing just two actors having to play multiple roles – in the same scene!
Comments from our invited audiences during our workshops:
“Very entertaining. It’s something really different.”
“Food, theatre – what’s not to like!”
“Great idea – original, funny, moving.”
This is a comedy inspired by interviews with real people working in the ‘Indian’ restaurant trade. We have found that many rural curry houses and takeaways are run by people who commute long distances and so there can be a lack of knowledge and understanding between them and the local community.
We want to give audiences an entertaining night out, with a delicious taste of food and the chance to learn more about the lives of people who are running these restaurants. We feel this is important in these unsettling times, when hate crimes are on the increase and where world events can lead to a fear of ‘the other’.
During the performance our actors break out of the story of the play to interact with the guest chef from your local business. The actors will become presenters, letting the audience into a light-hearted discussion about food and cookery techniques with the chefs and finding out a bit more about them and their working lives.
Who are the key Creatives?
Stefan Escreet has been working in Theatre for over 30 years, having started at The Dukes Lancaster in the lighting and stage management departments before becoming a professional actor and director. He has recently established Ragged Edge after being Associate Director at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick for many years.
Nick Ahad is a professional writer who has been a regular scriptwriter on Emmerdale. Nick is Anglo- Bangladeshi, lives in Bradford and he grew up in a family that runs an ‘Indian’ restaurant. He is an Arts Correspondent for The Yorkshire Post and also has a regular show on BBC Radio Leeds.
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