#StopFoodCrime . . . Food Crime: The Musical! . . . 14th May . . .
Two public performances of Food Crime: The Musical! right slap bang in Birmingham city centre.
James O’Hare and the brilliant Castle Vale Community Choir will be joining professional musicians & performers — Sara Colman (top left), Anthony Miles (bottom left), Sam Fox of Kiln (centre) and amazing young Birmingham talent Xhosa Cole (bottom right) . . . all accompanied by the great musician Al Gurr.
The fifth photo in the images above is Professor Chris Elliott whose day job as a molecular bioscientist and Pro-VC at Queen University Belfast, seems an unlikely colleague of all of the above. But not so. He’s the man who the Government asked to investigate our food supply network after the horsemeat scandal. This resulted in the Elliott Review, to which our project Elliott Review Birmingham made a significant contribution.
It was this serious work into what we eat — and the potential for its adulteration — that’s the content of this musical event in the Bull Ring. The Prof agreed to be the science advisor on this project, “providing, Kate, you don’t get me on stage“. As it looks like he’ll be there on 14th May, I view his condition merely as a challenge. (I was told by his PA that he has a good singing voice . . . )
He joins a team of people working their socks off in the background to make it all happen. Sara Colman is the composer, novelist and former jazz singer Mez Packer joined her on the script. Graeme Rose of Stan’s Cafe is director (mug shot left), Chris Cuthbert is doing all the technical stuff, Matt Beckett making a film about the project, Graeme Braidwood is the photographer on the project and Caron Lyon is in charge of getting word out about it all.
Last but by no means least is Charlotte Gregory. Her official title is ‘producer’. She’s actually making the whole thing happen. And she has a lovely soprano voice, plus can act. So you may well see and hear her perform too.
Be there. Follow on #StopFoodCrime.
We’re grateful to these organisations for supporting this project. Without them, it wouldn’t be happening.