Cheese [a play]

Joe and Freya have it all: the job, the car, the house made of Emmental in an up-and-coming part of town. Sure, they have the odd disagreement over the best way to make fondue - but they're living the dream, more or less. 

Then one morning, the cheese runs out. There's no explanation and someone seems to have changed the rules overnight. So Joe sets off on a journey through a labyrinth of cheese hole tunnels to investigate; he finds unexpected laboratories, factories, casinos - and some worrying clues that he had more to do with the cheese disappearance than he originally thought.

Cheese is a humourous adventure through the twists and turns of an absurdist system which is too big to fail; a political comedy about the end of the world as we knew it, and what happens next…

Cheese was powered by electricity generated in gyms and community centres local to the performance venue. Click here for information on this aspect of the project. It was performed at a pop-up venue on Oxford Street, London, in September 2013.

WRITER Nikki Schreiber | CAST Rachel Donovan, Jon Foster & Jamie Zubairi | DIRECTION Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe | DESIGN Chris Gylee | LIGHTING DESIGN Joshua Pharo | ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGN Roger Smissen | ORIGINAL SCORE Richard Hammarton | PRODUCER Faith Dodkins | PRODUCTION MANAGER Greg Mickelborough | STAGE MANAGER Elise Avery | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Emma Stirling

Cheese [ a play ] was supported by Awards for All, the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Unity Theatre Trust, the Old Vic New Voices Start-up Fund and the National Lottery through Arts Council England. PROJECT PARTNERS Magnificent Revolution & 3Space

Cheese is a rare thing in the theatrical world: a play that genuinely keeps you guessing, amuses throughout, and has an important message burning through its heart… Barnard and Briscoe have created a triumphantly theatrical gem.
— Terry O’Donovan, Total Theatre