Contemporary Asian Australian Performance

Double Delicious

Directed by Darren Yap


From the makers of In Between Two comes an immersive theatrical experience for the senses. A sell-out hit at Sydney Festival, five stellar storyteller-cooks reveal the stories and secrets of dishes significant in their lives. And at the end of each story, the audience tastes the dish. Truly double delicious!

"...deeply moving and gently provocative, turning focus to Australia’s multiculturalism and the way that notions of authenticity are shaped by our world."

Ben Neutze, Time Out

The flavours and scents of our favourite dishes wind their way through the deepest recesses of our being, and even the thought of a particular meal can transport us back to a pivotal moment. Double Delicious is a special theatrical experience from the creators of the critically acclaimed 2014 Sydney Festival hit, The Serpent’s Table. After sell-out seasons at Sydney Festival and Asia TOPA, this beyond-fabulous culinary event sees storyteller cooks share secrets behind the dishes that proved significant in their lives. 

Storytellers Elizabeth Chong, Benjamin Law, Heather Jeong, Valerie Berry, and Raghav Handa reveal intimate glimpses into their lives in an immersive performance that tantalises all the senses. Audiences will have the unique opportunity to taste the story. Bitter and sweet, each story culminates in an authentic recreation of the storyteller’s chosen dish.

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE 

CAAP’s productions are culturally diverse, multidisciplinary and highly accessible. Audiences love them, but getting them into the theatre in the first place is the challenge. A one-size fits all marketing strategy doesn’t always work for culturally diverse work. 

To address this, CAAP and AOT are looking for several presenters who program Double Delicious for 2022 to partner with us on an audience development pilot initiative in 2021. We want to work with you to research and develop new ways to develop new audiences and engage new local communities.

The initiative may involve a new approach to developing digital support materials, like mini documentaries, or pre-tour community engagement activities like a cooking demonstration or storytelling workshop from one of the storytellers that takes place well in advance of the tour. We want to collaborate with our presenter partners on coming up with creative solutions that work for your specific community. 

Let us know if you’re interested in being involved!

REVIEWS

"...a lush and evocative series of skillfully narrated performances, tantalising all the senses whilst also delivering moments of real human connection." ★★★★1/2 Cara Anderson, Limelight Magazine.

"Double Delicious was a mouth-watering night of great food and banter. We had all come together as a community and experienced a real treat: some fun and heartfelt storytelling wrapped up in excellent food from diverse cultures. This show had been a satiating and satisfying experience- a flavourful blend of the best things about food and theatre. Yum!" ★★★★1/2 Natalie Salvo, The AU Review.

"...a thoroughly delightful celebration of a culinary coming of age." Reviews By Judith.

"Five wonderful storytellers take turns bringing to life a tale from their past, all while slicing, dicing and enticing." Alana Kaye, Theatre Now.


FROM THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Food is central to so many important moments in our lives, it’s a natural entrée to stories that are enthralling, insightful, and illuminating. We’ve embraced as a motif for Double Delicious, the incomplete circle, symbolic of everything and nothing, where our storytellers reveal lived experiences, ripe with wisdom yet open-ended with possibility.

With a sprinkling of theatre magic spice, this multi-sensory experience is intended to leave a mark – like the stain of a coffee cup – an indelible reminder of something savoured and unforgettable, evidence of our shared humanity.

Darren Yap and Annette Shun Wah


Ready to Tour


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
280 381 880
touring@artsontour.com.au