Usher and Crisis artist Mark saw Flintlock Theatre’s Daily Bread, 13 September 2019. He tells us what he thought:
Companions lend me your ears. It was Friday evening and Robin Colyer was baking bread in The Old Fire Station Theatre. He’s the co-writer and performer of ‘Daily Bread’. I have to admit that I was not in the brightest of places going into the performance. I nearly didn’t go. However, dear readers, I am so glad I did.
The aroma of freshly baked bread (sourdough to be precise) filled the theatre. Before the ‘performance’ started Robin was liberating at least half a dozen loaves from the on-stage oven, to join their compatriots to cool on a table. OK, he can bake. I was going to experience a sold out baking show, with the prospect of a Q&A at the end. I was still feeling washed-out grey. Fortunately I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This brilliant show covered a huge variety of topics. Robin Colyer & Anna Glynn’s (the director) script was very funny and thought-provoking – Colyer talked and often argued with his ‘inner voice’. He had conversations with his wife and interacted with Captain Science. This was achieved through the use of recordings masterfully controlled by Robin, never gimmicky. He talked about his relationship with food and his body. Captain Science (check her out on twitter) ‘assisted’ with a short gameshow-style section called ‘Science or Shit’, during which he asked the audience to vote.
There was mime, dance, guitar and rap, and a healthy dose of humour and science as we journeyed with Colyer through his own struggles with dieting. ‘Daily Bread’ deconstructed faddy eating plans and explored the role that low income and poverty plays in health. Colyer is a hugely engaging and talented performer, bringing together topics such as diet culture, food myths, faddism, body shaming and poverty. Colyer and Glynn appeared determined to make a difference as well as to entertain. The bread which was baked as the show opened didn’t go to waste. The audience was invited to spend the next half-hour breaking bread. The bread, butter and jam was every bit as delicious as the performance.
A must see show which certainly refocused my thinking on dieting, certain foods or food groups being good or bad and focusing on what is important, a healthy attitude and mind-set towards eating and society’s woeful disparities. I left the theatre less grey more intense sky blue.