The Table of Delights

“good food is vital for our children’s health… and theatre is food for their imagination”

Print Room at the Coronet in association with Theatre Damfino

Directed by Katy Carmichael and with food from Claire Thomson and Matt Williamson

23rd November – 13th December
Print Room at the Coronet
103 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3LB

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 “The Table of Delights is a wonderfully imaginative show.  Entertaining and educational, teaching children, course by course, about the provenance of food.  Certainly a fun way to learn where our food comes from!”  River Cottage chefs

 “Great show. Really fun for children. All schools should see it.”   Henry Dimbleby, food writer and pioneer

The Table of Delights is a devilishly tasty food-theatre show created especially for children by highly imaginative and award-winning Bristol-based Theatre Damfino. Through the power of theatre and group participation The Table of Delights is a ground-breaking “deliciously entertaining” show that puts pure unprocessed food in the spotlight and helps children to stop and consider what they eat and where it comes from.

The production is a unique collaboration between husband and wife team chef Matt Williamson and Claire Thomson, Guardian Kids’ Food columnist and author of Five O’Clock Apron and Theatre Damfino, one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed theatre companies. James Whetlor, founder of Cabrito Goat Meat which won an Observer Food Monthly Award in 2014 for Best Ethical Producer, joins the team on stage.

The table of delights

Coming to London from 23rd November to 13th December after two sell out 5 star runs to schools, families and adult audiences at Bristol Old Vic, The Table of Delights is an innovative food education-inspired performance that lives up to its billing as a feast of the senses. A delicious combination of music, food and theatre, the show is aimed at children, but grown-ups will find it equally as enjoyable and informative. The aim is to inspire a young audience, to celebrate and salivate, and above all, be thoroughly enchanted; a sensory and educational experience but also one that would make participants whoop with delight or gasp with despair.

In five enchanting and interactive theatrical acts The Table of Delights is an enthralling journey of food tales from field to plate told through stories of ‘humble’ food groups; Bread, Beetroot, Spices, Milk and Honey. The young audience, of up to 60 children (or two school classes) sit around a giant table, tasting, exploring and listening to plate to field stories, while award-winning chefs prepare delicious bite-sized tasting morsels in the spotlight. There are pirouetting beetroots, singing and conga-dancing honey bees and a dairy circus. Sated with spectacle and stories, the legacy of The Table of Delights is rooted in the importance and joy we must all feel for good food.

Claire Thomson comments: “We are chefs, theatre makers, singers, musicians, illustrators and animators and we have a unique approach to food education. Our team slogan has become ‘good food is vital for our children’s health… and theatre is food for their imagination’. We want to get kids excited about the bare bones, the nuts and bolts of fantastic produce from field to fork. It’s a simple message, but one of upmost importance. We want people to leave feeling euphoric about food, and hungry for a new and exciting way to interact with food in day-to-day life.”

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SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES: Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and 12pm
FAMILY MATINEE SHOW: Saturday and Sunday at 3pm
FAMILY EARLY EVENING SHOW: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6pm
ADULT SUPPER CLUB (including wine): £25 at-table; £20 in audience
GROWN-UPS SUPPER-CLUB SHOW (with wine): Thursday and Friday at 8pm

Post-show talks
‘Cooking for children with imagination’ with Claire Thomson
Saturday 28 November and Saturday 4 December after 6pm showing
‘Devising food and theatre from scratch’ with the creative team including director Katy Carmichael
Saturday 12 December after 6pm showing

The show has already enjoyed two sell out 5 star runs to schools, families and adult audiences at Bristol Old Vic.

“Deliciously entertaining…children and their parents left smiling and licking their lips”
(Bristol Post * * * * *)

“We are all still buzzing from the memories of a vibrant and exciting show which had an important tale to tell about the origins and value of our food”
(Western Super Mum)

“The Table Of Delights made me think about what the bees do and the honey ice cream was awesome”
(Christian aged 9 Colston’s Primary Bristol)


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