May Contain Food

Year of Production


An immersive work that features four vocalists and four dancers, singing for their supper in a dining setting that may contain food.

May Contain Food is a witty piece of dance and music theatre and is inspired by social occasions and life at mealtimes. The performers invite you to sit at a table, offer a tasting menu and then serve you a show that explores our relationship with food. All sound is performed a cappella as movement is composed and music is choreographed, creating an intimate experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief.

Running time: 90 minutes

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"The tone of the production throws some perfectly aimed barbs at the weirdness, excess and complacency of today’s foodie culture."
The Guardian
"An investigation of our relationship with food that’s cooking with gas"
The Stage
"Orlando Gough’s score is splendidly, sonorously odd, with echoes of Corsican polyphony."
The Observer
"this is a show that genuinely blurs the lines between music theatre and dance, agile a cappella voices and bodies in synthesis as they skip across topics..."
Evening Standard
"Each scenario, memory or lecture is conveyed through fluidly crafted relationships between language, movement and song, making for a richly textured and often surreal experience."
London Dance
"An absorbing smorgasbord of food-related ideas and issues, containing humour, pathos and sensuality."
Dance Tabs


Sonya Cullingford

Martin George

Carl Harrison

Michael Henry

Saara Hurme

Louise Sofield

Donna Lennard

Matthew Winston

Production Credits

Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by
Design by
Music composed by
Music Director
Lighting design by
Assistants to the Director
Additional material devised by
Promo trailer by
Photos by
Commissioned by
Supported by

Tour History

Spitalfields Music, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

6 December 2016

artsdepot, London

26 November 2016

ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees

24 November 2016

South Hill Park, Bracknell

8 June 2016

ICIA, Bath

2 & 3 June 2016

Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

29 May 2016 part of Salisbury International Arts Festival

The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds

26 May 2016

The Point, Eastleigh

24 & 25 May 2016

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

19 & 20 May 2016

The Place, London

20 April-7 May 2016

The Castle, Wellingborough

13 April 2016

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London (excerpt)

9 April 2016 produced by Duckie

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

16 March 2016 part of British Dance Edition

AMATA, Falmouth University, Falmouth

12 March 2016

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

9 & 10 March 2016

UHArts, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

3 & 4 March 2016

Compass Room, The Lowry, Salford

1 & 2 March 2016

The Place, London (excerpt)

28 November 2015 part of Fresh

DanceEast, Ipswich

19-21 November 2015

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