May Contain Food
7pm, Friday 5 March until midnight, Sunday 14 March

Presented in partnership with The Lowry

Book tickets:
1.Opening night & post-show Q&A (7pm, 5 March)
2.On Demand (anytime between 5-14 March) 

Tickets: £10

For the full immersive experience, allow yourself enough time to get the ingredients and prepare the recipes before watching the show. Preparation and cooking time is two to three hours.

Show running time: 90 minutes
Suitable for ages 12+ (contains mild swearing)
English subtitles available


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Watch: May Contain Food
with The Lowry

Do you miss eating at restaurants and going to the theatre?
Protein invites you to bring home both by laying your table with a specially conceived tasting menu and immersing yourself in May Contain Food.

Press coverage for May Contain Food Online:

The Guardian’s Hottest Front-Room Seats: The best theatre and dance to watch online.

“Playful and dynamic as both the singing and dancing were performed perfectly by the cast.”
★★★★ London Theatre Reviews

“May Contain Food dismantles the isolation seen in most online performances today and creates a new digitally-led viewing participatory space.”
★★★★ The Upcoming

“Good enough to eat.”
Exeunt Magazine

Finally available online, May Contain Food is Protein’s popular and witty piece of dance and music theatre created by Luca Silvestrini and Orlando Gough in 2015, featuring an exquisite cast of four vocalists and four dancers singing for their supper.

Sit back, follow the performers and relish in the food, just like the dining audience in the recording, as you explore your relationship with eating for a very unique ‘night in.’

“A yummy night!”
★★★★ The Stage, 2016

“Lip-smacking fusion of song, dance, mime and sweet aperitif tomatoes.”
★★★★ The Guardian, 2016

Some courses feature simple ingredients such as a cherry tomato and a ball of rice, whilst adventurous audiences seeking a full sensory experience can have a go at Gough’s own recipe of aromatic sticky ginger pudding to bake during the viewing and consume at the end.

From savouring simplicity, to the communal act, to touching on the moral dilemma of vegetarianism, the show weaves through the cultural significance of eating. Orlando Gough’s original score is performed entirely a cappella as movement is composed and music is choreographed creating an intimate experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief.

“Orlando Gough’s score is splendidly, sonorously odd.”
The Observer, 2016

To join the May Contain Food restaurant, book your ticket to watch the stream on The Lowry’s website and receive the recipes for your tasting menu. 

The recipes to prepare will be sent to you by email after purchasing a ticket. For the full immersive experience, allow yourself enough time to get the ingredients and prepare the recipes before the show. Preparation and cooking time is two to three hours.

A live Zoom post-show talk with Luca Silvestrini and Orlando Gough chaired by The Lowry’s Programming Associate: Dance Eckhard Thiemann will take place after the premiere on 5 March at 8.30pm.

This online broadcast is part of our Protein 21 Remix Series which brings back historical works onto a digital stage to help us take some distance with the present and provide a social and individual perspective on society, interpersonal connections and the everyday.

The cost of your ticket supports May Contain Food’s large cast and enables The Lowry to continue bringing an exciting programme of visual arts exhibitions and an extensive learning and engagement programme. Thank you for supporting Protein.

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