May Contain Food
7pm, Friday 12 February until midnight, Sunday 21 February

Presented in partnership with Kings Place


Tickets: £9.50

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 Kings Place

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 King Place’s website. The broadcast will be available to you for the entire duration (until midnight, 21 February). 

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.

The show is accompanied by an introduction from choreographer Luca Silvestrini and composer Orlando Gough and on the 12th of February, a live chat room will be available for those who wish to converse with the pair over supper.

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 Kings Place, who rely on ticket sales to continue to bring life-enhancing events online in these incredibly difficult times. Thank you for supporting Protein.

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