by Steve Rodgers

20 June – 15 July 2017

“Member when you were smart? Year six, start of high school, you know, fractions, Pythagoras’s thing, all that? One day, just like that, ya got dumb, made yourself dumb, like that was more attractive.”

The premiere production outside Australia

Nancy left, choosing chaos, freedom and sex. Elma stayed behind and cooked.

Now Nancy is back.

On a stretch of Australian highway, sisters Elma and Nancy run their family takeaway joint – their days heavy with deep frying and memories. While they quietly wage war with their past and dream of a brighter future, a young life-loving Turkish traveller arrives, bringing a charm and sensuality that turns their world upside down.

Food is the first production outside Australia of Australian playwright Steve Rodgers, directed by Cressida Brown, the Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre, and director of the critically acclaimed Amphibians and Walking the Tightrope.

About The Playwright Steve Rodgers

Playwright Steve Rodgers trained at Theatre Nepean, Sydney. His plays include Ray's Tempest (Belvoir Theatre, Sydney, and Melbourne Theatre Company) which was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights' Award and nominated for Best New Australian Work in the Sydney Theatre Awards; Savage River (Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney, Melbourne Theatre Company and the Tasmanian Theatre Company) which was also nominated for Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards; King of Pigs (National Play Festival Playwriting Australia); Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam; and Nothing to Lose (Force Majeure at the Sydney Festival and the Malthouse, Melbourne). Television includes Heads Up (Joanna Werner and Blackfella Films) and Rush (Southern Star, TEN Network and John Edwards). Film includes The Girls and 7 Zero. In addition to writing, Steve has worked as an actor in film, theatre and television for the last twenty years.

About The Director Cressida Brown

Director Cressida Brown was recipient of the National Theatre Studio's Bulldog Prinsep Bursary in 2007, a recipient of the British Council Artists' International Development Fund in 2013, and awarded the Kevin Spacey Foundation's Artist of Choice in 2015. Direction includes Septimus Bean (Unicorn Theatre), Home (Beaumont Estate),The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre), the UK premiere of Caught (Arcola Theatre), Screens and Beautiful Eyes and Trump in Palestine as part of Top Trumps (Theatre 503), Phaedre (Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh), Walking The Tightrope by writers including April DeAngelis, Caryl Churchill, Neil Labute, Mark Ravenhill, and Timberlake Wertenbaker (Underbelly), Accidental Brummie (Birmingham Rep), Macbeth (Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Paris), Beyond The Fringe (House of Commons), Re: HOME (Yard Theatre) and Theatre Uncut (Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York City). She is currently developing a play for the Tricycle Theatre by Somalia Seaton. Cressida is Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre.

The Press on Food

“An enjoyable feast for the senses.” Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres

“Funny, dark and provocative.” Peter Barker, Traffic Light Theatregoer

“A celebration of sisterhood, reunion and nourishment.” Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World

“Beautifully designed and executed, Food is a thoroughly enjoyable insight into a complex family.” Christina Calgaro, Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Food for thought indeed.” Andy Stow, London Theatre 1

“Leaving you with plenty left to ruminate over, I can only encourage anyone looking for a thought-provoking night out to support this production at the Finborough Theatre.” Christina Calgaro, Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Food is one of two appetising plays currently playing at the ambitious Finborough.” Jeff Prestridge, Prestridge²

“A homely story sprinkled with sex, love, food and family issues” Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World

“Food, both darkly raw and bright, has all the ingredients of a satisfying and thought-provoking drama.” Peter Barker, Traffic Light Theatregoer

“All three actors are wonderful to watch.” Christina Calgaro, Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Spirited performances from the talented cast.” Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres

“Impeccable cast.” Bill Hagerty, Hammersmith Today

“Scott Karim is scene-stealing.” Tom Wicker, Time Out

“Karim who steals the show with his devilish good looks, charm and self-deprecation.” Jeff Prestridge, Prestridge²

“Played beautifully by Emma Playfair.” Andy Stow, London Theatre 1

“Newbury-Freeman is splendid.” Jeff Prestridge, Prestridge²

“Emma Playfair (Elma) and Lily Newbury-Freeman (Nancy) are excellent.” Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

“Cressida Brown’s direction is also on point, maximising the use of the small, intimate space, and involving the audience as much as possible, to great effect.” Andy Stow, London Theatre 1

“Expertly directed by Cressida Brown.” Jeff Prestridge, Prestridge²

“Cressida Brown has directed a subtle and enjoyable production.” Christina Calgaro, Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Director Brown’s production is tight and quick moving.” Peter Barker, Traffic Light Theatregoer

“Hannah Wolfe cleverly keeps the design simple and fluid on an adaptable, multi-layered set.” Peter Barker, Traffic Light Theatregoer

“The stage design by Hannah Wolfe responds fluidly to the movement-driven sequences directed by Ita O’Brien.” Christina Calgaro, Last Minute Theatre Tickets

“Richard Williamson's highly effective lighting.” Peter Barker, Traffic Light Theatregoer

“Everything is tied together with Ita O’Brien’s clever movement.” Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatres

“Excellent movement direction by Ita O’Brien.” Andy Stow, London Theatre 1

“The Finborough rarely disappoints – and so is the case with Food.” Jeff Prestridge, Prestridge²

The Press on Playwright Steve Rodgers

“Family drama with sizzle, served with a side of sexual undercurrents…Steve Rodgers’s new play kneads family drama and intercultural rom-com with traces of desire and sexual violence into intimate and involving theatre” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Writer and co-director Steve Rodgers is developing quite the catalogue of gentle, striking pieces of theatre, with Ray’s Tempest and Savage River achieving critical acclaim. Food certainly cements Rodgers’ ability to craft the extraordinary from the everyday.” Oz Baby Boomers

“A show that is a robust meal… warm, substantial, and completely delicious.  I recommend this play unreservedly.” Australian Stage

“This is soul food, with all the right ingredients” Crikey

The Press on Director Cressida Brown

“It's scorching and funny and totally miserable." ★★★★ The Stage on Screens

"The sort of production that makes you re-evaluate your experience at the Fringe." ★★★★★ EdFringe Review on Walking the Tightrope

"By turns playful, complex and downright disturbing." ★★★★ Time Out on Walking the Tightrope

"An infectiously defiant spirit...linguistically versatile and politically charged...heartening." ★★★★, Time Out on Home

“More than just theatre – it's an experience, and an inspired one at that." ★★★★★ Three Weeks on Phaedre "Sublime." ★★★★ The Scotsman on Phaedre (Recommended Show)

“Terrific…imaginative…it’s well worth taking the plunge.” The Guardian on Amphibians

20 June – 15 July 2017

Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm (from 1 July 2017)
Sunday 3:00pm

Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.