Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 Summerhall  12.15  2-27 August (except Mondays)

EATEN (2017, 55min Ages:6+)

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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?!

Those who saw Eaten said:

It was cool, sad and funny at the same time.

(7 year old)

Entertaining, funny, very suitable for families (adult)

Hahaha poo! (7 year old)

Very creative...Very funny. Learned a number of new things. (adult)

My favourite bit was everything (7 year old)

Want to see Eaten? Come to Summerhall this August!

Time&Dates: 12.15 2-27 August

(no performance on Mondays)

Standard Tickets: £8/£6(concs)

Family Tickets: £22

(2adults+2kids or 1adults + 3kids)

School discount available

Please phone Summerhall Box Office

0131 560 1580

Box Office: | 0131 560 1580 | 0131 226 0026

Team Eaten 

Mamoru Iriguchi:

concept, design, performance, co-direction

Eilidh MacAskill: direction

Suzi Cunningham: performance

Nikki Tomlinson: outside eye

Selina Papoutsueli: dramaturgy

Alison Brown: costume supervision

Gavin Pringle: stage management

Nick Wong: producing

Project Background

Eaten was conceived from Iriguchi’s concerns over the human relationship with food and nature today, as well as his interest in the significance of ‘being eaten’ that is so essential to driving the entire ecosystem, yet is often seen as failure.

By setting up an imaginative situation where the eater and the eaten talk to each other and become friends, Eaten playfully introduces the intricate mechanism of the food chain/web. The piece then explores what it means to eat and to be eaten, what contribution these activities make to the ecosystem, and how humans have made themselves more and more detached from the actual process of producing food and, as such, are no longer aware of where their food comes from.

With a surrealist and humorous storyline, Iriguchi – together with co-performer Suzi Cunningham – invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world around food: eating, being eaten, digesting, defecating and everything in-between and beyond, in nature and on our dining tables.Packed with theatrical ideas and imaginative characters, Eaten encourages everyone to carefully examine what they eat and re-think their relationship with food and nature.

Supported by Creative Scotland, Imaginate, Lyra, Dance Base, The Place, and Southbank Centre, Eaten has been developed through a number of work-in-progress sharings including WHY? Festival (Southbank Centre for 300 school pupils) and Imaginate Scratch (for producers and artists working with/for young audiences). The team recently worked together with pupils from Niddrie Mill Primary School (Craigmillar, Edinburgh: facilitated by Lyra). The feedback from those opportunities made crucial contributions to the development of the project. The piece is to premiere this summer at the Fringe Festival.

Photo by Manuel Vason / Filmed by Gerladine Heaney


photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer