Category - Narrativium

Save 30% off your food bill, pay less tax . . . be healthier!

scrabble-chocolateIf the average person spends 30% less on their household food bill, they’ll save money — and pay less tax and be a lot healthier.

Here’s the how and why of it:

Most of the food we buy is VAT-exempt; i.e. we don’t pay tax on it. But some ‘food’ products do carry VAT, including confectionary, most drinks including booze, biscuits and savoury snacks such as crisps . . .

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Food crime musical: Live audience of 2.5K & #StopFoodCrime trending #3

THTF adding the danceWhile 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.

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TODAY – Let’s #StopFoodCrime

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There will be TWO performances today at 12.00 and 14.30 for the very first time

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Sam Frankie Fox – The Hand That Feeds – Getting Stuck In

From within the rehearsal process: getting stuck in

By Sam Frankie Fox

What’s Food Crime? Is it when your dad steals your chips?”

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Charlotte Gregory – The Hand That Feeds – Provenance

The provenance of my weekly food shop? Birmingham Markets of course!

by Charlotte Gregory, Producer

Charlotte GregoryI’m a Theatre and Dance Producer, as well as an Actor and Theatre Maker, who’s been based in Birmingham for 12 years. I like to think of myself as curious, and that I know this city that I’ve made my home pretty well. I would even call myself a bit of a foodie, so this project was a gift!

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Anthony Miles – The Hand That Feeds – Posh Super Tasty

Finely tuning my label gullibility.

By Anthony Miles

Anthony Miles - The Hand That Feeds Hi, I’m Anthony Miles and I’m a performer in ‘The Hand that Feeds.’ A project to raise awareness of an important issue affecting the food we potentially consume.

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The #StopFoodCrime THTF team – part two – Scientists

Who’s who in the team? continued…

How are we getting the science right?

by Kate Cooper

In the background of this project are a great unsung group of people, those that know a tad or two about food crime from a professional perspective.

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Xhosa Cole – The Hand That Feeds – At the End of the Day.

At the End of the Day

by Xhosa Cole

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Before having met Kate Cooper I’d never really thought about the food that I’d used to put into my body. Of course I’d always been lectured about 5-a-day, 2 litres of water a day and that stuff but as far a I was concerned I was a invincible teenaged boy without a care in the world- as long as my stomach wasn’t rumbling I was happy!

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Graeme Rose – The Hand That Feeds – Wake Up Call

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by Graeme Rose

gargoyle - The Hand That FeedsIt was while planning the first of the New Optimists’ Narrativium performances, ‘Food Futures’, in the summer of 2014, that Kate Cooper started talking about what she called her “Mad Opera” – inspired by the Horsemeat Scandal which had precipitated a media and ministerial storm back in 2013.

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Mez Packer – The Hand That Feeds – IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD…

Mez PackerIt was back in spring, 2015, when Kate Cooper asked if I’d like to be involved in a “mad food crime opera”. The challenge, she said, was to turn facts about food crime into an entertaining and accessible story. I was dubious, I mean what was food crime? But Kate’s passion about raising awareness about food adulteration and food fraud was infectious, and I was hooked.

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