May Contain Food – May Contain You

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein presents:

May Contain Food – May Contain You

Award-winning dance company Luca Silvestrini’s Protein returns with a specially adapted version of their playful and immersive show to tour the country

Conceived and created by Luca Silvestrini and Orlando Gough 

Music by Orlando Gough | Directed by Luca Silvestrini

UK Tour 13th February to 30th

“Foodie culture is carved up gloriously in this lip-smacking fusion”

«««« Guardian on May Contain Food

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein is to tour a refashioned version of their witty dance and music production May Contain Food to village halls and theatre venues around the country this Spring. May Contain Food – May Contain You encourages audiences to think about the sensory, cultural and social implications of food.

This special adaptation is a duet for dancers Sonya Cullingford and Matthew Winston who both appeared in the original production which toured the UK in 2016. Sat around themed circular tables designed by Yann Seabra, the audience will be served a playful performance, accompanied by songs by acclaimed composer and published home cook Orlando Gough.

Audiences are invited to join in by bringing and sharing homemade dishes and locally sourced or homegrown food for table picnics. In this informal, immersive cabaret-style show, audiences will be encouraged to share their own stories, memories and anecdotes associated with food, as well as helping the performers bake a sticky ginger pudding live on stage. Protein will also be bringing this sense of community and camaraderie to older and vulnerable people by taking a specially adapted version, May Contain You, into seventeen care homes alongside their national tour.

Speaking about the tour Luca Silvestrini said: “We understand that for a small community what’s happening in their town or village hall is much more than a show, and I want May Contain Food, May Contain You to be an event which reflects this quite simple but beautiful concept. We all know that food is not just a way to keep us going, but instead a more complex system of habits and patterns intimately connected to who we are and how we feel. It has been fascinating to explore this subject and discover how intricate, and often disturbed, our relationship to eating can be; and how easily food becomes a substitute for something we miss, have lost or need.”

One of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Protein creates extraordinary dance from ordinary life. Its socially relevant material connects theatrical experiences with the everyday and real-life stories.Protein’s Border Tales, which peels back stereotypes about multicultural Britain, recently toured following a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was nominated for the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. Protein was awarded the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Dance Company 2011, and was nominated again in 2016.

Luca Silvestrini completed his dance training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since then Luca has worked with Maxine Doyle’s First Person, Catherine Seymour Dance Company, Lea Anderson and The Featherstonehaughs, Rose’s Thoughts, Bock & Vincenzi, Sarah Rubidge, Joanna Portolou, Ruth Segalis and Aletta Collins. His choreography dates from 1997 when he co-founded Protein. As Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by its deep connections with the everyday.

Orlando Gough is one of the UK’s leading composers, celebrated for his compositions for contemporary dance, ballet and theatre. Recently, he has worked on the critically acclaimed Mr Burns (Almeida Theatre) and the community opera Imago (Glyndebourne), which won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014. He is an associate artist for the Royal Opera House and published a book of his favourite recipes in 2012.

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Running Time: 90 mins | Suitable for ages 12 + (contains mild swearing)

Company Information

Conceived and created by Luca Silvestrini and Orlando Gough

Performed by Sonya Cullingford & Matthew Winston


Directed by Luca Silvestrini       Music by Orlando Gough

Designed by Yann Seabra        Lighting by Jackie Shemesh

Additional material devised by Jeremy Avis, Sara Black, Martin George, Jonathan Glew, Antonia Grove, Carl Harrison, Michael Henry, Saara Hurme, Donna Lennard, Sally Marie, Melanie Pappenheim, Louise Sofield, Peter Willcock and Jonathan Williams.


Listings information

13th February to 30th March 2018


13 Feb                                   The Albany, London

                                                Douglas Way Deptford, London SE8 4AG


                                       | 020 8692 4446


17 Feb                                   The Tramshed, London

Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6ES

7pm | 020 8854 1316


20 Feb                                   artsdepot, London

                                                5 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

                                                1.30pm | 020 8369 5454


23 Feb                                   Clungunford Parish Hall, Shropshire

                                                Chapel Road, Clungunford, Craven Arms SY7 0PN

7.30pm | 015 8866 0152


24 Feb                                   Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

Stantonbury Arts & Leisure, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN

7.30pm | 01908 324466 


2 Mar                                     Mycenae House, London

Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, London SE3 7S

2.30pm & 7.30pm | 020 8858 1749


3 Mar                                     Middle Park Community Centre, London

                                                150 Middle Park Avenue, London SE9 5SD


020 8850 2638


7 Mar                                     ARC, Stockton

Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL

11am | 01642525199


9 Mar                                     Blackhall Community Centre, Hartlepool

                                                The Old Miners Welfare Hall, Hesleden Road, Blackhall, Hartlepool TS27 4LG

7pm | 01905867396


10 Mar                                   Whitechapel Village Hall, Lancashire

                                                Church Lane, Whitechapel, Goosnargh, Preston PR3 2EP


                                       | 01995 640 504


16 Mar                                   Orton Market Hall, (Highlights), Cumbria

                                                Orton, Penrith CA10 3RL


                                       | 01539 624 732


17 Mar                                   Bardon Mill and Henshaw Village Hall, (Highlights), Northumberland

Redburn Park , Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7HZ

7.30pm | 01434 344 424


22 Mar                                   Grampound Village Hall, Cornwall

                                                Grampound, Nr Truro, Cornwall TR2 4SB


                                       | 01872 262466

24 Mar                                   Kingsdon Village Hall, Somerset

                                                Kingsdon, Somerton TA11 7LL


                                       | 01935 840912


28 Mar                                   RedHouse Cymru

                                                High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AE


                                       | 01685 384111

30 Mar                                   Theatre Street at The Link, London

                                                The Link, Bazalgette Way, London SE2 9BS


                                       | 020 8312 1659

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