EAT YOUR HEART OUT

An Edible Performance that combines the leftovers of disaster with the ceremony of the dining room.


2009 – 2011
In the last remaining corner of the human world, three cooks are summoned to create a celebratory meal using only the carcass of their once great kitchen. Inspired by the Baroque era, Flemish paintings and the contemporary obsession with Armageddon, EAT YOUR HEART OUT mixes the leftovers of disaster with the ceremony of the dining room. in a performance that invites the audience to literally eat the story.

Combining live music, a rubbish dump and a highly original menu, EAT YOUR HEART OUT is an edible performance by KILN in collaboration with artists and experts from a host of different creative fields. The set was an apocalyptic junkyard made from real rubbish and installed by designers Tony Appleby and Claire Wearn. Multimedia design company filmcafe installed a pepper’s ghost affect Queen, illuminated the set with actor controlled lighting that included: paint pot spot lights, swinging bulbs and an exploding bicycle wheel/car windscreen chandelier. Regional composer-musician Phill Ward worked with Kindle performer-musicians to create a score that reinvented the decadence of the Baroque era and the unforgettable menu was conceived and delivered by food designers Blanch & Shock.

2009: Bite Size festival, Warwick Arts Centre.
Thursday 2nd July 2009 at 7.30pm: PILOT nights @ A.E Harris Building
September 2009: COACHWERKS.
29th October – 8th November 2009: A..E Harris

“Recalling the orgiastic ritual of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast and Maurice Sendak’s In The Night Kitchen, and taking its stylistic cues from the vivid carnality of a Caravaggio, KILN’s work in progress is a brilliant, interactively staged slab of grotesque.” Latest 7

“One of the most fantastic stage sets I’ve ever seen” Brighton Argus

Eat Your Heart Out – Teaser from Kindle Theatre on Vimeo. Video: Steven Davies

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Set created with Tony Appleby & Claire Wearn.
Recycled waste, Magpie recycling.
Lighting and video, Steven Davies


Development of Eat Your Heart Out

In December 2008, we worked for two weeks in a warehouse space in Digbeth and then invited guests to a final dinner. We roasted six pheasants in metal fire bins, boiled red cabbage in buckets, and fried devilled kidneys on hot coals. We served the feast in a yurt (a delight after the freezing cold warehouse) with live music and singing

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Pheasants Guests Cook 2 Cook 3's apples and pears Cook 3 roasts the pheasants The rat with devilled kidneys Carrying the feast Service!

Read Bella Todd’s Guardian Blog article about edible performance


EAT YOUR HEART OUT Birmingham was supported by Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust. Development has been supported by PILOT, China plate theatre, Stan’s Cafe and COACHWERKS.

Images by Steven Davies, Claire Wearn (Installation) and Alicja Rogalska (BITE SIZE)


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