The Biscuit Chronicles goes interactive

Last month I was lucky enough to have the ever adorable Perry Walker (who even brings his own home made flapjacks) to help and teach me to facilitate a new format for the Biscuit Chronicles. Interspersing the monologues with discussion, the audience are invited to look at some of the topics that are raised by the performance and draw out some of the questions that we could or should be asking.

I’m not going to lie to you, I was terrified. I felt a bit out of practice and it was all a bit experimental and potentially disastrous. However, Perry was very helpful and supportive and, even though the first event only had three attendees, the next one had more than ten! Any worries about people not being interested or not having anything to say swiftly went out of the window. After an introduction about the project, I was met with a lukewarm response so I just went into the first monologue – when I was done, I replaced my (metaphorical) facilitator and gave them five minutes to discuss. When I brought them all back together the floodgates opened! I was blown away by the open and astute suggestions that people made – it brought in elements I had never considered and got people discussing everything from gender to identity to where our values come from. It was a massive and inspiring buzz!

It seems that inviting people to add their own ideas and opinions really gets people thinking – for me, it really helps to have more than one brain on the problem of body image and how we negotiate a healthier approach to weight, dieting and self-esteem because it’s a problem that needs multiple brains. Thank you ever so much to all my lovely attendees and especially to Perry – I couldn’t have done it without you!

Now to find some funding and really get the ball rolling…

New Show! Human Enhancement and the New Economics Foundation

So this week I have two new shows (of which I have finished writing… neither!) and next week I am rearranging the Biscuit Chronicles into a speak-out of sorts, giving people the opportunity to thrash out some of the issues around dieting with some help from the lovely Perry Walker from the New Economics Foundation.

This week it’ll be Human Enhancement…

Take the opportunity to be involved in the development of a new form of research!

Ethics? What ethics? The Human Enhancement Debate
Curious? Opinionated? Interested?
Come and be part of the creation of a new tool for discussion, facilitated by Perry Walker from the New Economics Foundation, to explore the topic of human enhancement. From wearing glasses to performance-enhancing surgery, how much transformation is too much? Does seeing infra-red make us better people or does it tamper with our basic humanity? What does it mean for individuals, for society, for the future?
The event starts at 6pm on Friday 8th June in Room B111 at the Brunei Gallery but places are limited so please contact Amy on for more information or to book a free place at the event.
And next week it’s biscuits all the way…

Hand Me Down – new show! Come come come!

Hello , you are invited to: Hand Me Down, by: Amy Godfrey. Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Hello , you are invited to attend:

Hand Me Down

by: Amy Godfrey

Thursday, June 7, 2012.  8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Passed on, leaving a trace of each hand, stained and marked by previous efforts, a plastic bag full of old cookery books as an inheritance. Hand Me Down explores the way that cooking is sedimented in bodies and minds by repeated doing, recipes are alive in our heads and hands. Trapped in a book or beamed from a screen, can someone teach us to cook without a shared experience, without being there to marshal and cajole us? Foodways that are lost through the industrialisation of production and cuisine remain only as long as their keepers are alive. Hand Me Down is on a mission to preserve, to capture in herself, in hands and head, some disappearing worlds.

Every experience laid down in the body like so many layers of sand, every memory held in the body, dormant until ignited by a sudden familiar smell… Come join us for a meal of remembrances! Hand Me Down is a paean to meals gone by – taste some memories and share the scents and flavours of your own in a mnemonic dinner. You are invited to bring one edible item or one ingredient that tells a story of a past moment for you. Take a seat, close your eyes and open your senses – stir up the sedimented secrets that sleep in your limbs and collapse the past into the present on a plate.

Amy Godfrey is completing her training as a food anthropologist, specialising in the role of theatre as a tool for exploration and discussion and the performative nature of obesity and dieting. With a broad experience including work as a storyteller and maker of bread and jam as well as several years in both the health and the environment sectors, Amy completed her first solo show The Biscuit Chronicles at the Brighton Festival in 2010. Now, she is beginning to bring together the disparate elements of her experience to research the links between the liminal qualities of obesity and theatre, the loss of traditional food ways in the industrialisation of the global food system and the impacts this has on health, particularly in the diaspora community.


Location: Hand Me Down will be hosted in a private space in East London. The location will be revealed to participants prior to the event.

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Meat and Two Veg

So, the initial up-all-night, bloodshot eyeballs-sellotaped-to-computer-screen of coursework essay writing is all out of the way and we’re back to the old looking out of the window whilst holding a book variety of revising that I specialise in.

However, there was a brief ray of welcome sunshine in the form of the adorable and inspirational Jolien Benjamin who is a fellow anthropology of food student.

She’s studying a module on space and place and I was delighted when she asked me to join in with helping her complete her non-text part of the course. She was looking at how people ate on the tube, the notion of snacking and food on the go, eating in public – all interesting stuff. On the day, less than a week before my essay deadlines, I did think ‘Is this a good idea? Spending half a day doing something fun and creative when I should be writing something informative about lots of dead white anthropologist men?’. I had a dither, weighed up my options and plumped with the creative option, figuring that the anthropologists could stick it for one more day.

It seems to me that I’ll look back on that and think ‘That was a day I made a good decision’. Honestly, I was on a high when we came back and when I saw the finished result I felt like I saw myself again – the seat of the pants, just be intuitive and responsive and it’ll all work out me who I’ve missed while I’ve head my head in a dusty tome. It felt good. Here’s the finished piece and watch this space – Jolien and I have plans for a take two.


Recipe Book Recipe Testing Day #1


SO the sun was out and there was a stiff breeze in the air when the intrepid recipe testers of the SOAS

Charring peppers for chakchouka

cookery book society met in Manor House for the first time.

Laden with huge amounts of shopping (7kg of potatoes!), the lovely Kat invited us all to her expansive kitchen for a cooking extravaganza, the like of which Manor House had never seen. Kat’s kitchen in Manor House, at any rate.

We were attempting to take on ten recipes, no less, including a Sri Lankan chicken recipe, two cakes and a vegan tofu pie.

Each recipe was religiously followed unless we found something that we didn’t collectively agree with in which case we tweaked a little, trying to keep notes on the increasingly greasy and floppy recipe papers.

As we went a long, the lovely volunteers from the photography society took beautifully staged shots for us, using the comedy array of ‘ethnic’ or interesting looking crockery and props we had swiped from home.

All of the recipes, save one, seemed to work well and, having bought some wine and beer to ease the somewhat demanding cooking schedule, the day was great and tasty fun, with much laughing and getting of garlic in eyes, beetroot on white t-shirts and the like. I’m looking forward to the next one!


Home made chips!Totally delicious coconut, mint and raspberry cakeChinese chicken - all gone1