Finborough Theatre


20 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017

£16.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
4 reviews

2.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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.

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.

First production outside Australia.


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“A dark portrait of small-town Australia... Successfully shades in the complicated swirl of trauma, resentment and guilt.”

Tom Wicker (Time Out, The Stage, Telegraph)

“Predictable script... Sensitively handled by both actresses... While the cast work hard, Food hardly leaves you hungry for more.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Underseasoned... Playfair’s performance as Elma, a good plain cook simmering with bitterness, is the highlight.”

Julia Rank (The Stage)

“Rodgers stuffs his drama with issues, and yet it still seems undernourished... A well-worn, soapy story... Not much real meat.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

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