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Interview: Pepa Duarte cooks up a show with Eating Myself

A strong and susceptible girl expedition about meat, the kitchen, and the act of nourishing ourselves within the construction of a woman’s identity in Peruvian society.

Quite the repeat for Eating Myself, the brand-new register from writer and performer Pepa Duarte, which is heading to the Golden Goose for five lights from 10 November. So good a quote so we wanted to know more. So ahead of the show’s run, we caught up with Pepa to talk cooking, kickstarter and Peruvian cuisine.

That’s quite a show description! Whilst it talks of Peruvian society, is the show just as relevant for a London and UK audience?

The show has Latin American smells, but it speaks about something every culture has suffered- the relationship between cooking and attending, and the existence or absence of family around the table.

Are there obvious similarities in how a woman’s identity is perceived in both the UK and Peru?

Yes, certainly. Maids all over the world grow up under the pressure of beauty standards and gender stereotypes. Gender inequality is a reality here and everywhere and the show examined how it mold women’s identity all throughout their lives.

Is food an important part of Peruvian culture?

Peru is extremely proud of its cuisine. It starts us forget everything else, which can be questionable, but it shows the diversity of our district and institutions. There’s not much international cuisine in the country but there is a lot of fusion with cultures that came to Peru a long time ago; Japanese, Chinese, African. Peruvians are expected to know how to eat and cook. And that wasn’t my lawsuit.

What performed you decide to write a show around food and the kitchen?

I have always had a conflictive relationship with meat, and I recalled my battle had to do with the sexist civilization I grew up in. But when I detected cooking and chewing plan so much more than I ever imagined, I realised I needed to write this movement. I often acquire theatre when I have an idea that I can’t get out of my top.

Eating Myself was meant to be part of BAC’s Homegrown season in March, but for obvious reasons was offset. How did that accomplish you and the progress of the show?

It was my first time sharing a full span play in London so I was of course, lamentable and inhibited. But fortunately our recital process was almost finished so all the set, clothing, music and other things were ready to go. I’m really glad Golden Goose Theatre has programmed us, and having had the time to settle in our decisions for the show has actually beenpretty helpful.

Are we right in imagine there will be actual cooking going on during the show?

You are right! It began with cooking and finishes when the soup is ready!

You first promoted funding for the demo via Kickstarter; was that a positive suffer that you would consider again? One of the Kickstarter honors was a cooked snack: did that ever happen or was it cancelled due to lockdown?

I think it was a great way to connect with the people that were interested in the depict. Thankfully it happened in January, so we cooked a Peruvian dinner for everyone and got to share our see for the playing with friends and future gathering. Me and Sergio Maggiolo( administrator) led training workshops about lay for professional performers as part of the campaign extremely. I don’t think this will be my last fundraising safarus!

And eventually, what do you hope the public will take away with them from your picture?

I really hope the audience will reflect on their own upbringing and the importance of the people they announce’ family’ in “peoples lives”. Hopefully our time in the theater, especially in these times, will be a way for them to remember the ones they love and find ways to reconnect with them.

Thanks to Pepa for making time out of her preparations to chat to us.

Eating Myself will be cooking on place at the recently opened Golden Goose Theatre from 10 to 14 November, tickets are available direct from the venue via the button below.

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