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Yam Yam! - The Albany


YAM YAM!, The Albany’s new festival exploring what happens when arts and food meet, runs from Sunday, October 6 to Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A performance food fight, a celebration of the history of fried chicken, foraging workshops, poetry a la carte and a theatre show where the audience cooks and eats a meal together: Yam Yam! is the Albany’s six week festival situated at the meeting point of food and cutting edge creativity.

Brought about by a grant from Local Food, Yam Yam! draws inspiration from the eclectic community around the Albany, with a West African seasoning – and a distinctly Deptford flavour.

Highlights of the programme include Only Wolves and Lions (Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at 7pm), an intimate theatre piece for just 25 audience members, in which participants are invited to bring an ingredient and work together to cook up a feast.

The meal preparation forms part of a three hour performance exploring community, isolation and the meaning of the word crisis, and comes from Leo Kay, the artist behind the critically acclaimed show It’s Like He’s Knocking.

The Groundnut, a South London based creative partnership producing digital and physical content about what we eat, will celebrate one of Britain’s best loved, much misunderstood food stuffs: fried chicken, in The Groundnut Workshop (Wednesday, October 16 and 30 and Wednesday, November 13).

Exploring its history and how it became so prevalent on UK high streets, the trio will reinstate fried chicken to its rightful place as king of snacks, as well as serving up some delicious samples.

Yam Yam! is the perfect Albany story: bringing together some of the finest artists from across the country and beyond to create work that truly speaks to and engages with our community,” said Gavin Barlow, Chief Executive, the Albany. “With art created in collaboration with local people, and food grown in our own garden, Yam Yam! is a great example of the creativity thriving in the heart of Deptford.”

Wordniks Come Rhyme With Me will be serving up a West African Special (Friday, October 11), with spoken word and poetry delivered in three courses – with food to match. Starring Pheonix Martins, Indigo Williams and The Bagel Project, Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger dish up a delectable programme specially created for the occasion.

Elsewhere in the programme, Uncover Theatre, the Albany’s Youth Theatre, will be staging The Big Food Fight (Saturday, November 9 at 2pm and 5pm), inviting audiences to join in and get messy. The festival will draw to a close with Mogadisco (Saturday, November 16 at 8pm), a late night club night celebrating the sounds of Africa, from Afro beat to Ghanaian Hi-Life, Congo Jazz to Ethiopian Funk.

The launch day (Sunday, October 6 at 11am) will offer an opportunity to sample the delights of the festival. Featuring a petting zoo, a cocktail making workshop, live music, tasting events and an autumn BBQ, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Yam Yam! is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme.

Prices: Various – many events are free.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 8692 4446 or visit