The proof is in the pudding for Anglia Ruskin drama students

Published: 26 May 2011 at 11:28

‘Food For Thought’ at The Junction looks a tasty Festival Week treat

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Is your mouth as filthy as Gordon Ramsay’s when you are busy in the kitchen? Is fish really the answer to your brain’s dietary needs? Does the proof always lie in the eating of the pudding? Why is music the food of love? And is it really necessary to leave the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat?

If you’ve ever dreamt of death by chocolate, philosophised about your ideal dinner guests or simply enjoy the smell of a well prepared meal, then Food For Thought, performed by Anglia Contemporary Theatre at The Junction in Cambridge on 30 and 31 May, is sure to cut the mustard.

The show is part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Festival Week, which is a series of assessed concerts and productions given by music and drama students, and will complement a number of musical performances being staged on the Cambridge campus until 3 June.

Dr Kerstin Bueschges, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts, said:

“The theatre production is a series of pieces that have been devised by the students, who were given nothing other than the title Food For Thought for direction.  Food For Thought isn’t a traditional story-based production. Everything that will take place is the students’ own, totally unique, work.  

“It aims to be thought provoking whilst entertaining, humorous without being farcical.  A light-hearted approach to the current celebrity culture on diets and most popular ‘dishes’ – including your favourite chef – is counterbalanced by explorations of themes like famine, eating disorders and food waste.

“The students, who are all coming to the end of their BA (Hons) Drama course, have encountered a great deal of challenging work during their studies, and that has certainly influenced what is being produced.

“We’re incredibly proud of what they have achieved so far and the ideas they have come up with.  Everything from texts and physical work right down to the sets, costumes and make-up, has been created by the ensembles.  Both Carl Robinson and I have been more like facilitators than directors, helping them on their journey.”

The musical component of Festival Week will feature students performing classical, acoustic, jazz, and, for the first time, pop music, following the introduction of the BA (Hons) in Popular Music.  All musical performances are free of charge and held in the Recital Hall in the Helmore Building in Cambridge.

Alan Rochford, the Festival Director, said:

“We used to hold our assessed performances behind closed doors, but this is a much better way of doing it.  Performing before audiences during Festival Week is a great experience for the students and also celebrates the fantastic musical and theatrical talent at Anglia Ruskin.”

Full details of the musical programme are available by visiting www.anglia.ac.uk/mpaevents  and clicking on ‘Concerts and Productions’. Tickets for Food For Thought cost £10 (£7 concessions and £5 students) and are available by phoning The Junction box office on 01223 511511 or visiting  www.junction.co.uk