Food for the soul

Emma Jackson (left) and Kate Box star in the new play 'Food', opening at The Q next Wednesday night (Photo: Heidrun Lohr).

Emma Jackson (left) and Kate Box star in the new play 'Food', opening at The Q next Wednesday night (Photo: Heidrun Lohr).

ON A stretch of Australian highway, two sisters run their family takeaway joint. Chiko Rolls and reminiscing are on the menu. While they quietly wage war with their past and dream up a brighter future, a young life-loving Turkish traveller arrives with a charm and sensuality that turns their world around.

Their dreams become reality when they transform their rundown fast-food stop into a restaurant showcasing Elma's gift for comfort cooking. Audience members become restaurant guests as the sisters serve up Elma's hearty minestrone soup, sourdough and local wines.

There is dancing, there are big performances, and there is food and drink and company.

The script is by actor and playwright Steve Rodgers, who also co-directs. It's a joint production from theatre company Belvoir and dance theatre company Force Majeure.

According to The Q, the food in the production is vegetarian, does not contain nuts, and is composted at the end of each performance.

The result is a play that occasionally and brilliantly bursts into dance. It is a feast for the senses with an erotic mix of words and movement that will spice and stir in equal parts. Come share a meal.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval

Audience Advice: Strong language, adult themes, appropriate for patrons 16+

*Food runs at The Q Performing Arts Centre from Wednesday, August 27, to Saturday, August 30. Tickets are $32-$49 from theq.net.au. See theq.net.au/food for more information.

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