A Place At The Table
City streets. Late night. Wet rain on the pavement.
Outside a supermarket a masked man stands in a skip tossing yellow-ticket sandwiches
to an accomplice.
Further down the road families emerge from a church hall clutching plastic carrier bags of tins of beans and dried spaghetti.
But we're after something to eat. The warmth of a real fire and the glow of the oven.
Good conversation and fresh-cooked food.
Welcome to the School of Improbable Cooking. We're a bit different from your usual restaurant. Can I usher you inside? No reservation? We might just squeeze you in.
Where's the kitchen? It's right here. Can I take your coat? How about this apron?
That should fit you. We look forward to working with you on your meal
Yes, this is a restaurant like no other- you will need to roll up your sleeves and get involved- you could be doing anything from chopping the veg to making the bread for everyone's dinner. Tonight, we all have to earn our place at the table
A Place At The Table is a new immersive theatre show and meal from B Arts.
Do book a table as the evening sitting begins at 7:30pm sharp. Dinner is just a little later.
Join us for an experience that mixes music, food and storytelling to ask just who deserves a place at the table, what's that on their plate and where on earth has it come from.
A Place At The Table is presented as part of the British Ceramics Biennial.
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FAQs: Your Complete Guide To A PLACE AT THE TABLE
What is A Place At The Table?
It's a theatre performance taking place from Monday 2 - Sat November 7 at 7:30pm in the cafe at the British Ceramics Biennial.
But there's also food?
That's right. As part of the show the audience get involved in making their own evening meal. Soup, main course and dessert. You'll be in the capable hands of skilled chefs and cooks who will guide you through the recipes and preparation. So don't have your tea before you come.
What's the show about?
Food! Who has it, who doesn't. Where it comes from and what it tastes like. How you make it and what it's worth.
OK, but what's the story.
Vadim - the head of The School of Improbable Cooking - is a chef with a problem. Is his work just about finding the most exotic new tastes for his training restaurant? Or does food mean more than style and fashion? To find some answers he sets out on a quest that takes him from Stoke to France and Syria. Along the way he encounters some naughty kitchen spirits, seeks advice from food scientists, and attends the court of the Queen of Tarts herself.
Tell me more.
There'll be songs. Original and traditional live music including a showstopper baking song from Eastern Europe. Anyone who's seen B Arts previous shows The Lost Post Office, Harvest or Clay will know that their shows are stuffed full of humour, puppetry, music and lots of participation.
Can I bring my kids?
It's an evening show with some grown-up content, so over 14 is fine.
I might get thirsty.
We'll be welcoming you with a hot drink, and there's water throughout the evening. If you want to get into the spirit of a pop-up restaurant then do Bring Your Own.
All of the show ingredients are vegetarian. There will be vegan options so let us know in advance if you can. Other allergies please let us know.
How do I keep in touch:
We'll be posting daily about the show on the B Arts and Bread In Common pages and at @_barts and @bread_in_common on Twitter. So make sure you like and follow us.
I've still got a question
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post onto our Facebook Page BArtsStoke.
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