1st Jul, 2022

Hungry Nation - Production at Coventry's Albany Theatre to shed light on food poverty

Ryan Smith 27th Apr, 2022

HUNGRY Nation, an inventive performance featuring live music, movement, recordings and performance, arrives at Coventry’s Albany Theatre tomorrow (Thursday) and runs until Saturday, April 28 to 30.

The show features over 20 audio recordings of dramatised and real life accounts of people who have experienced food poverty across the city.

One cast member shared their experiences of living with food poverty, saying they went without food so their daughter would have a meal ‘hundreds, if not thousands of times’.

Another added they hoped it would give people a better understanding of food poverty and how it affected people.

The performance is part of a longer project which explores food poverty and is now entering its second phase.

It aims to raise awareness of food poverty, with a specially composed song, ‘Just a Number’.

The performance has been produced by arts organisations collaborating with Coventry City of Culture Trust and partnered with Foleshill Community Centre and Feeding Coventry.

Hungry Nation is part of the City of Culture’s ‘Reform The Norm’ programme, aimed to shift established perspectives on food poverty while also looking into policies affecting peoples human rights through the arts.

Coventry City of Culture senior producer Josie Bamford said: “Hungry Nation is a powerful piece of theatre that truly reflects the lives of people who are facing food poverty right here in Coventry.

“We’ve got under the skin of what it’s like to be in the situation where, in some cases, people are having to make the choice between their children eating rather than doing so themselves.

“Food poverty is something we all have a responsibility to eliminate, and I’d urge everyone to see this outstanding show to understand more.”

Tickets are £3 each. Visit https://coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/reform-the-norm-hungry-nation-part-2/ for more information as well as to book tickets.

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