– our new play
Food premiered at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival,
where it won our company a second Fringe First award and a string
of four-star reviews.
Top chef Frank Byrne has one ambition in life – to win the
coveted third Michelin star for his restaurant. When he finally
gets it, he becomes a world celebrity, adored and scrutinized by
the media. But reaching the top comes at a price...
Set in the turbulent world of celebrity chefs, Food
is a journey inside a man’s mind. It explores the
compulsive nature of perfectionism and the sacrifices we make to
realise our dreams.
When you aim high, you've only got further to fall.
'Heimann's production - for a cast of five
that often seems twice as numerous - is so brilliantly ingenious,
so devoid of time-wasting naturalistic clutter, and so physically
eloquent, that it sometimes takes the breath away. And in Sean Campion's
hugely gifted but desperately vulnerable Frank, this production
boasts the kind of brilliant, fully fledged leading performance
of which most Fringe companies can but dream.'
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman **** (Fringe First
'...I yearned for more piquant fare. I
finally found it in Food... the show is as fast and furious as a
knife at chopping-board, and fizzes with physical invention... The
ideal purgative for those who've suffered too much theatrical pretension.'
Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
'[The show's] real pleasure lies in the
way that it melds the textual and the physical, particularly in
the first 30 minutes. It has intelligence as well as beauty. It
broadens its scope way beyond an everyday story of celebrity chefs
into a thoughtful consideration of the pitfalls and pratfalls of
perfectionism. There are fine, agile performances from all the cast,
who between them take on many roles, and a fabulous one from Sean
Campion as the driven but self-doubting Frank.'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian **** (also Pick of
'...This is a question Heimann's restlessly
well-drilled firecracker of a production asks with a relentless
brio that is instantly recognizable to anyone whose life / work
balance is seriously out of whack. With Sean Campion giving a hauntingly
beautiful star turn as a man on the edge, Horwood and Heimann have
kicked up a worrying whirlwind on the state of, not just celebrity,
but of ambition and the emotional need that fuels it.'
Neil Cooper, The Herald **** (also Pick of the
'There's no lack of heat in the kitchen
of this sharp, funny and wonderfully exuberant new play, Food, devised
and presented by theimaginarybody theatre company... With its fast-paced,
visually driven narrative, energetically acted by a fine ensemble
company, Food slips down easily.'
Lynne Walker, The Independent ****
'Sean Campion [gives] a riveting central
performance... The sharp script and eloquent physical vignettes
by the cast of five skilfully evoke the rigid regimes and hierarchies
of professional kitchens.'
Veronica Lee, Evening Standard
'The well-drilled ensemble cast employ
a slick, highly enjoyable visual language that blends heightened
physical movement with sparkly dialogue... Joel Horwood and Christopher
Heimann's tangy script fizzes with wit... Plenty of tantalising
Claire Alfree, Metro
The Sunday Times ****
The List ****
The first production of Food
was supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, New Greenham Arts,
Sparknow Ltd and Living Pictures.
The development of Food was supported
by Battersea Arts Centre, Traverse Theatre, Young Vic Theatre Company,
The Actors Centre, and Arts Council England.
(our last show)
(a Young Vic production
directed by Christopher Heimann)
Both of our plays Food and 100 have been published by Nick
Hern Books and can be purchased via the publisher’s
For the script of Food, please go to:
For the script of 100, please go to: