Food crime musical: Live audience of 2.5K & #StopFoodCrime trending #3
While The Hand That Feeds, the food crime musical outside St Martin in the Bullring on Saturday 14th May was buzzing a great audience, our hashtag #StopFoodCrime was trending third in the UK.
Over 2.5K people stopped to watch our live show. We know, we counted ’em! And a very appreciative audience they were too.
And here are just a few of many comments they made:
What’s food crime? I need to look this up.
Political and snazzy! Love it!
I live in London and it’s so difficult to know where your food is coming from. Made me think.
Fantastic music. Really interesting.
Professor Chris Elliott, he of the Government’s Elliot Review of our food supply network set up after the horsemeat scandal in 2013, flew in from Belfast to see the show. (He’s in the middle of the crowd in this photo by Graeme Braidwood.)
He loved it, wants us to take it over to Belfast, thought Mez Packer’s script very ‘clever’, a view echoed by another in the audience who said What a clever way of learning about this.
There were lots of great songs, comic turns, drama and melodrame — Sam Fox & Bob Brueton as gangsters, Ben O’Hare as the knife-wielding sheep chasing Robbie (Anthony Miles) around the stage (see left, just before the ‘sheep’ grabbed the knife), Castle Vale Choir in full throat singing Family Man right at the end . . .
But it’s none of these moments, great though they all were.
Rather it’s the Vodka Rap. James, Jason and Aaron giving their all (see right).
And James is due a special accolade. He set up and leads the Castle Vale Community Choir who joined us on this fabulous, amazing musical project. Respect!