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Cooking Ghosts - Camden People's Theatre

Cooking Ghosts

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BEADY Eye Theatre is presenting the world premiere production of Cooking Ghosts at Camden People’s Theatre – from November 5 to November 17, 2012.

Devised by the company from an idea by Kristin Fredricksson, this intimate show is a journey back to childhood through the darkness of a mother’s suicide.

In a performance that celebrates childhood and looks squarely at the aftermath of a mother’s disappearance, Cooking Ghosts fuses visual story-telling, puppetry, archive film footage and a specially created score.

This non-narrative show is an attempt to understand the past and a woman who felt she had no choice but to leave her family. Described as a harrowing and hilarious piece, Cooking Ghosts explores childhood freedom, love, memory and the rippling effects of losing a mother from a child’s perspective.

It’s a tale in which tenderness and laughter turns to sadness and confusion as the children abruptly lose their innocence. It also looks at whether it’s possible to find joy again when the worst happens.

The performers – Kristin Fredricksson, Georgina Roberts, Seiriol Davies and Helen Mugridge – physically and spiritually attempt to get back to the garden, to being a child, exploring the past through childhood games, and toys that have been loved to death. A box of objects leads the audience into the performance…

Kristin Fredricksson’s previous work includes Le Metre (2007), Everything Must Go (2009), and Senior Moments (2010).

Cooking Ghosts is co-produced with South Street Reading, Farnham Maltings, The Point Eastleigh and the Showroom Chichester, with support from Little Angel Theatre, London, the Puppet Centre Trust and Theatre Royal Margate.

Cooking Ghosts is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £10/£8 – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at

Time: 8pm.

Running Time: Approximately 75 minutes.

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Cooking Ghosts will also be performed at The Point, Eastleigh; Theatre Royal, Margate; The Gulbenkian, Canterbury; The Quarterhouse, Folkestone; and The Hat Factory, Luton.