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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | October 16, 2021

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Craving Food - La Boite's Roundhouse

Craving Food – La Boite’s Roundhouse

Following the success of its latest production, Holding the Man, La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre is gearing up to host another great Australian performance.

Food - Feature ImageFood will begin its limited run on the 16th of April and is part of the theatre’s 2013 Mainstage season.

The play tells the story of two Australian sisters, Elma and Nancy. They run a takeaway shop on the side of a highway. When an unexpected traveller arrives, the women soon find themselves challenged and their world turn upside down.

Co-directed by Kate Champion and Steve Rodgers (who also wrote the script), the production first premiered in 2012 to rave reviews.

Australian Stage described it as “warm, substantial, and completely delicious.” Crikey saw it as “soul food, with all the right ingredients.”

Perhaps such glowing feedback was to be expected given that Rodgers has been previously shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award. Certainly, southern audiences seem to have agreed with the critics’ assessments. Food enjoyed a sell-out Sydney season.

Now, Queensland audiences will a chance to sample the play for themselves.

“Food, as the title suggests, is a play about food and cooking. But it’s also very much about sex, and how our relationship with both can define us,” says Rodgers.

“It’s hard to work out when my memory stops and fiction starts. A lot of it comes from my own experience and the people I’ve observed and loved in my life: my family, girlfriends, mates. But the characters in the play take over and it becomes something else.”

It is a multi-dimensional production. Physical theatre is used as an important part of the storytelling process.Food - Image 2

“Kate Champion is one of the world’s great makers of movement-driven theatre, and here we feel her beguiling influence,” says La Boite’s Artistic Director David Berthold.

Audience members are also invited to become real guests of Elma during the show. Hot minestrone soup and freshly baked sourdough bread are served up to hungry patrons on the night.

Food is a recipe for success and one that will certainly be on my menu for the month of April. Make sure it on your too!


What? Food by Steve Rogers

When? 16th – 27th of April

Where? La Boite Theatre Company, 6-8 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove

Tickets? from $25

Bookings? visit or 07 3007 8600