LONDON – After bringing their interactive installation Dear Cardboard Kitchen to Singapore in May, London based Singapore company FK Co-Lab has further developed the installation into a full length theatre production, set to premiere at Camden Fringe this August.
Created by FK Co-Lab co-founders Faezah Zulkifli (director) and Nur Khairiyah Ramli (producer), The Cardboard Kitchen Project follows Jennie, as she moves from Singapore to London. She inherits a mysterious makeshift kitchen made of cardboard from unknown relatives, using it as an opportunity to learn more about herself and her family. However, when looking through old family recipes that have been passed down, Jennie encounters an unwanted stain in her life that she can’t quite get off the walls…
The Cardboard Kitchen Project marks the first cross-cultural production by emerging Singaporean company FK Co-Lab, and is produced by an all female-led team from Singapore and Spain, all of whom are currently based in London. Playing Jennie in this one-woman show is Varshini Pichemuthu (Singapore), an actress, spoken word artist and Co-Artistic Director for Rootprints Theatre, London. Aida Rocci features as dramaturg, a Spanish theatre artist who has been a production dramaturg for shows such as Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World directed by Diane Paulus and Peter Brook’s The Man Who directed by Marcus Stern. The Cardboard Kitchen Project also features Raycher Phua (Singapore) as set and lighting designer, who has worked with both Singapore and UK artists such as Zul Mahmod, Katie Mitchell and Complicite. Meanwhile, their production and stage manager ‘female-power-house’ team includes Deanna Dzulkifli & Lili Muslihah, both Singaporeans who are currently taking over VanThanh Production’s Summer Roll, the first Vietnamese play in Britain at Park Theatre, London
With the company stating how “It’s not about ticking boxes; it’s about putting the work first”, with FK Co-Lab’s debut, the company focuses on presenting the urgent and immediate sociopolitical landscape through the lens of the personal, developing original performances and undertaking in practice as research, and pushing forward the ongoing dialogue between contemporary performance practices and the conversations around the concerns of today. Packed with real stories, borrowed utensils, and secret ingredients, The Cardboard Kitchen Project then explores cultural inheritance and what gets passed down through recipes and cultural memory.
The Cardboard Kitchen Project runs from 19th to 20th August 2019 at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre as part of Camden Fringe 2019. Tickets available here For more information on the project and FK Co-Lab, visit their website or visit their Facebook here
Support FK Co-Lab in their crowdfunding campaign! https://gogetfunding.com/help-bring-food-to-this-cardboard-kitchen/ (With Perks Sponsors by 2 countries, Biju Bubble Tea from London and Limaa Cafe from Singapore) For every £10 donated, FK Colab will donate £2 to SUFRA- a charity organization food bank and communal kitchen