On Tuesday May 1st our Recipe for Theatre workshops culminated in a presentation of our works in progress titled, “The Performed Feast”. First we welcomed and greeted all of our guests and then put on our scenes, amoung which included “Popcorn”, “The Restaurant” and “Grandmother Moon”. And throughout the performances the audience, which consisted of some parents of our youth, Tamil seniors and residents from 4205, enjoyed a variety of delicious food. For an appetizer we had spicy cornbread with maple glaze, served on corn husks (I ate a lot of these). For dinner we had spinach moong dal and lemon rice and I’m proud that my innate altruism led me to consume the left overs, ensuring that no one felt food went to waste; it was a arduous task but someone had to do it. And for dessert we had a fantastic carrot, cardamom and date cake garnished with cilantro, which our dear Sophia soon discovered was not a raisin (it was super spicy)! These cakes were definitely well liked since they all disappeared rather quickly, unfortunately without much of my assistance. But what made the night most special were the people there and the art we created together. Aside from our performance, all members of the audience were invited to sing a song or tell a story. And as a result we heard an amusing story, delightful piano playing and some of the most beautiful singing from our community members. Overall it turned out to be a moving and inspirational night and congratulations are in order for the artists, youth, community members and funders who made such a stunning evening possible.
By Gehan Kolamba Tantrege