• Digesting Ritual: Food, Waste and the Body - A Multi-Disciplinary Seminar, Ritual and Banquet, Ivy Arts Centre, GSA, University of Surrey, Guildford, 6 July 2018

    I will be performing at the 'Digesting Ritual' event at the Ivy Arts Centre, GSA, University of Surrey, Guildford, convened by Dr. Adam Alston, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies and Programme Leader, BA Theatre and Performance, on 6 July 2018, 13 - 18.30.

    The afternoon will host research papers and performance exploring relationships between the food we eat, the food we waste, and our bodies. The event broaches a range of topics including: food waste and motherhood in austerity Britain; excess, waste and enjoyment in molecular gastronomy; food, hospitality and hosting; and food, weather lore and climate change.

    The day concludes with my performance involving the procession, destruction and communal consumption of a gigantic pie cooked in a specially-prepared underground oven. I will aslo be showing other work, images and artefacts in the Ivy Centre which is part of the wider project of Extiscpicy in the Everyday.

    For more information and to book a ticket, go to

    13:00-13:30: Registration

    13:30-13:45: Introduction – Adam Alston (GSA, University of Surrey)

    13:45-15:00: Panel 1 – Excess, Waste and Spectacle

    - Paul Geary (University of Birmingham): “What a Waste! Essentialism, Excess and Enjoyment in High-End Cuisine”

    - Jodie Hawkes (University of Chichester): “Playing Kate (Her Royal Pie-ness): public performances of the family in austerity Britain”

    - Respondent: Patrick Duggan (GSA, University of Surrey)

    15:00 – 15:30: Break + Amanda Couch exhibition

    15:30 – 16:45: Panel 2 – Responsibility, Reciprocity and Ingestion

    - Steve Fossey (University of Lincoln): “Bites of Passage: Thresholds, Permeability and Hand-Fed Food for Thought”

    - Sarah Blissett (University of Roehampton): “Seaweed Weather Forecast”

    - Respondent: Rachel Hann (GSA, University of Surrey)

    17:00 – 18:30: Performance ritual & banquet by Amanda Couch

    Spaces are limited and booking is essential (employed £25; students/unemployed £10).


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