The ‘Narrativium’ Projects

Our Narrativium projects are the way we engage the artistically talented members of the up-coming generation with projects to communicate aspects of our work. (For the origin of the word ‘Narrativium’, scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

We’re adding to these projects along with, to date:

The Game (aka Nine Meals from Anarchy): We developed this scenarios ‘game’ in response to the chronic stresses, long duration events and potential sudden shocks to the food system, and the resultant risks and resilience of local food supplies. Players are given a city, which is their job to ensure sufficient supplies of safe, nutritious food to their population in the face of events that have recently happened at the outset, then plausible events five and then ten years into the future.

The Hand That Feeds: A musical about food crime; see this recently edited 46-second YouTube video including interviews with Professor Chris Elliott and Sorting the beef from the bull author Nicola Temple:

Composed by Sara Colman, and with a libretto by novelist Mez Packer, with two actor-singers, and musicians Xhosa Cole (who was voted BBC Young Jazz Musician of 2018) and Al Gurr, it was directed by Grame Rose and produced by Charlotte Gregory. It was a huge success,  performed at two venues the city centre (Birmingham Bullring (on a sunny Saturday afternoon, when 2,500 people stopped to watch and many thousands more heard it) and in Victoria Square over a Tuesday lunchtime), and at Castle Vale, the home of the community choir who participated as performers alongside professional artists.

A Youth Programme is a series of visual arts projects, curated by Ian Sergeant. This includes:

The “graffeati project”  we delivered in July 2018 as part of the Digbeth Dining Club Food Festival at Highbury Hall.