What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. Being very hungry, Lionel hasn’t chewed his food, so Mamoru is still alive and very well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Meanwhile, Lionel’s breakfast wants to say hello… from his bottom!

Eaten invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of the food web. Eaten asks, what should we eat? And who should eat us?!

Nominated for Best Production for Children and Young People at the 2018 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS Awards), Eaten is a show for everyone aged 6+ about food, eating and being eaten.

“Whimsical hi-jinks” ★★★★ The Herald 
“Daringly inventive” ★★★★ The Stage
“Big, cuddly & clever” ★★★★ The Times
“Astoundingly original” ★★★★★ The Herald on Sunday  

Past presentations

2019
26 January, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
2 April, Cumbernauld Theatre
8 April, Al-Kasaba Theater, Ramallah
9 April, Russian Center, Bethlehem
12 April, Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
13 April, Lochgelly Centre
15 April, Howden Park Centre, Livingston
19 April, Heart of Hawick
20 April, Nairn Community & Arts Centre
11 September, Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
13 September, CatStrand, New Galloway
14 September, North Edinburgh Arts
15 September, Paisley Arts Centre
18 September, Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock
19 September, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
21 September, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
23 September, Mull Theatre, Tobermory
25 September, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat
26 September, Macphail Centre, Ullapool
28 September, Whiting Bay Hall, Arran
2 October, MAC Arts Centre, Galashiels
3 October, Dunoon Burgh Hall
5 October, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
6 October, The Barn, Banchory 

2018
4 June, Platform, Glasgow, Take Me Somewhere
9 June, Universal Hall, Findhorn, Rise
24 June, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
2-19 August Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
7 August Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick
7 October Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry
18 October Festival of the Future, Dundee
26 October SPILL Festival, Ipswich
10 November Theatre Royal, Dumfries


Eaten is available for touring.
Download a copy of the Tour Pack.

Scale of Venue: small to medium scale
Company size: 3 on the road
Freight: excess baggage only
Length of show: 50mins. No interval
Description: Physical, text based, participatory.
Language: English
Suitability: 6+
Costs: Please contact us for more information on pricing.

To book a show or ask for additional information, please contact :
Producer, Mhari Robinson
+44 (0) 7534 942 255
mharirobinson [at] gmail [dot] com


Press

SCIENTIFIC fact meets humorous invention when Mamoru Iriguchi invites audiences to delve into the belly of the beast and discover what it means to be Eaten. (★★★★, Mary Brennan, The Herald: Full review here)

…Add in Iriguchi’s straight-faced wit and his ability to combine childlike innocence and DIY sophistication, and what you get is an educational conceptualist entertainment for ages six and up that plays with the notion “you are what you eat” (★★★★, Donald Hutera, The Times, Full review here)

…the inventiveness and revelling…shows a willingness to take risks that pays off. The relationship between food, death and life might be vital, but is often a taboo subject. This a peculiarly transgressive piece that will please those of any age who appreciate the truly bizarre. (★★★★, Thom Dibdin, The Stage, Full review here)

…‘Eaten’ explores complicated ideas about the food chain and the conflicting emotions that come with being animal-loving omnivores. Iriguchi’s creation is unpretentiously intelligent, warm, and as honest as it is silly. (★★★★★, Stephanie Stapleton, ThreeWeeks: Full review here)

Lionel… and Mamoru teach children and grown-ups all about why it is important to pay attention to what you eat. They welcome you into the surprisingly charming world of food chains. (★★★★★, Blair Simmons, Broadway Baby, Full review here)

Video

Creative Team
Concept, Design, Co-Direction & Performance by Mamoru Iriguchi
Direction by Ivor MacAskill
Performance by Suzi Cunningham
Outside Eye Nikki Tomlinson
Dramaturgy by Selina Papoutsueli
Costume Supervision by Alison Brown
Assistant Direction by Gavin Pringle

Read about the EATEN team

Photography: Manuel Vason
Film: Geraldine Heaney

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