I have to admit I like porn and I also like cake so this play immediately appeals to me!
Porn. Cake at Griffin Theatre is a very interesting concept. In the world of reality TV that is now obsessed with cooking programs of every genre it isn’t surprising that there is a play that tries to emulate the connection between food and sex.
Bill (Josepf Ber) is married to Bella (Olivia Pigoet) and Ant (Glenn Hazeldine) is married to Annie (Georgina Symes) and occasionally they all meet up for cake and all hell breaks loose. Bella and Annie were school friends that have slowly grown up and go through the various stages of friendships and as they have partnered off Bill and Ant have joined the scene for occasional cake. Think retro, autumnal colours, knitted cardigans and the ever so fashionable “harry high pants” and this should give you an idea of our couples on stage.
There are times when you eat something and it is absolutely sumptuous and it makes you happy and all romantic. There are other times when you eat something and it isn’t quite right and it puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. Think of this next time you eat something that you have been hankering for all day or when you eat something that is a little disappointing. Watch on stage as the couples eat their cake and the various moods that shortly ensue.
Vanessa Bates has developed and written a play that is all about the cake. It’s simply known as “It’s a Nigella” or “It’s a Jamie”, we’ve all been to a party where the host has claimed to have made a cake by a celebrity chef! A group of people who have been friends for a very long time get together to catch up and each time it is all about the cake. And when you are eating a really good cake it is almost like porn. Take it away Nigella…
Shannon Murphy has directed a very eccentric play that deals with the issues of a mature friendship, the progression of life and cake… and some very brightly coloured cakes at that! This is a very amusing play and each time another cake makes a cameo appearance you wait in anticipation of the reaction from the actors. Will there be a fight, will the cake be inappropriately pawed or will the couples start stimulating sexual positions.
Porn. Cake is just a damn hell of a lot of fun to watch. Josepf Ber and Georgina Symes really do enjoy themselves on stage (literally!) and you don’t know whether it is the cake talking or the influence of all the sugar that they have to consume. Glenn Hazeldine is always entertaining on stage and he is just so quirky as Ant. Olivia Pigoet as Bella captures the epitome of the 1950s. Think Mad Men, think the stylised era and look out for the autumn leaves motif wallpaper that matches her outfit!
Griffin Theatre always puts on a show that is interesting, engaging and leaves you thinking about the story for days. It is always good to see a piece of theatre that makes you laugh but also makes you hungry for more, and in this case they literally do leave you hungry. But be warned and take care with the blue cake they hand out at the end, tastes fantastic but will stain your fingers… so it looks like you have done something inappropriate to a smurf for days!
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