‘Eating for Victory’: Making Small-Scale Immersive Theatre in the UK

In London in 2013, as two freelance theatre and performance-makers, Katharine Fry and I formed Hush Hush Hoopla to make small-scale immersive theatrical events with food, focusing on producing narrative and character-driven content and intimate experiences. In 2015, we made Eating for Victory for the Tea House Theatre.

This paper offers an overview of the dramaturgical challenges posed by making small-scale immersive theatre by sharing the processes and strategies we as co-directors devised while creating Eating for Victory. We chart each step in the creation of this show against the backdrop of other companies offering a range of immersive experiences with varying levels of narrative content, original material, scope for audience interaction and the integration of dining.

Co-written with Katharine Fry.