Exploring Fanny

Ongoing research project, from November 2016

Brought about by a strong, shared interest in the repulsive and grotesque within food and performance, this research will inform and direct a new project/body of work by Olivia Winteringham* and Kaye Winwood.

Starting with the formidable character of Fanny Cradock, Olivia and Kaye will look at how issues of gender, domesticity and repulsion can be brought together in performance to evoke the grotesque. Using exaggerated character traits and costume they will R&D a ‘host’ to create a participatory food-led performance set in domestic environments, cafes/restaurants.

They will explore food as an artistic medium and look at how foodstuff, combined with performance, can embody disgust and distaste with a live audience to provoke strong, physical and emotional reactions in the audience/participants.

The initial research for Exploring Fanny is being supported through Fierce FWD‘s Development Programme.

*Olivia Winteringham is a performer, theatre-maker and 1/3 of Birmingham-based KILN ensemble (an associate company of Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Olivia creates new works in collaboration with a range of artists and practitioners from food designers, to choreographers, neuroscientists to sound artists. She works in a wide range of forms including food performance, music-theatre, text projects, site-based installations, and audio projects. As a performer Olivia has most recently been collaborating with Bristol-based artist Sam Halmarack to devise an anarchic musical about teenagers.  

Olivia has toured work throughout the UK and overseas to spaces, venues and festivals including Chance Brothers Glassworks (Smethwick), Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham REP, mac birmingham, Old Vic Tunnels (London), Battersea Arts Centre, Mayfest, Latitude Festival, ACT festival, (Bilbao) and Short Festival (Rome). 

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