There’s nothing quite like theatre to provide a platform for challenging issues and creating awareness. That intimacy you can have with the performance, the feeling of watching something evolve, live and breathe. Inside it’s power can resonate, outside the elements of weather, sounds and audience can bring a new dimension to the script.
That’s why this free musical is something I would like to bring to your attention.
The Hand that feeds is a musical about food crime, which is fraud at any stage in the production or supply of food and drink. It follows the story of Robbie, a regular guy who comes to realise the impact of his role in the food supply chain and the difference he can make. It’s a fun and energetic performance that addresses really interesting and important issues. The production was created with the input of the food supply network in Birmingham and stars Castle Vale Community Choir, alongside professional actor-musicians.
There are free, outdoor performances on Saturday 10th June in Castle Vale and on Tuesday 13th June at 1pm in Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre-ideal lunch break fodder if you work in the city!
The press release outlines the issue in more detail:
‘The Hand That Feeds’ is a theatrical song cycle about food crime. Food crime, which involves fraud at any stage in the production or supply of food or drink, is a widespread and growing problem that affects us all. The project was conceived of by Kate Cooper, founder of The New Optimists: a forum for regional scientists.
‘The Hand That Feeds’ is composed by Sara Colman and written by Mez Packer. It follows the story of Robbie, “a hardworking family man” raised in Birmingham who comes to realise the impact of his role in the food supply chain and the difference he can make.
The project aims to raise public awareness of the issues and the widespread implications of food crime — both locally and nationally — and to create a platform for discussion. The New Optimists’ conviction is that a fun arts-based events can have a big impact in enabling a wider audience to engage in social matters, such as food crime, where the role of science, here the forensics of food fraud, play a big part in making our world a better place.
The content iwas built with people from across the food supply network in Birmingham, the largest economic sector in the city. As well as the core professional actor- musicians, The New Optimists are working with Castle Vale Community Choir, who will be the ensemble for the piece.
Professor Chris Elliott, who led the Government review into the integrity and assurance of our food supply network after the horsemeat scandal, and who coined the term ‘food crime’, is the Scientific Advisor on the project.
The free, outdoor performances of ‘The Hand That Feeds’ are taking place on / at:
Saturday 10th June: 12pm near St Cuthberts Church, Caste Vale, B35 7PL
Tuesday 13th June at 1pm in Victoria Square, B1 1BB
Audiences are encouraged to follow the conversation both in the run up to and during the live shows with #StopFoodCrime.
Founder Kate Cooper said: “The New Optimists is a forum of top-notch regional scientists from diverse scientific disciplines, keen to make our world a better place. Their work matters and The New Optimists is about getting their work — and their informed perspective — in on decision-making. This musical is one of many ways to do so.”
Join in the conversation and #StopFoodCrime
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Let’s hope the sun shines for them!
Thanks for reading,