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Nigel Slater's Toast

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 3m

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Nigel Slater

Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Biography
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner of the 2019 CAMEO Book to Stage Award.
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary
Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast.
History
Nigel Slater's Toast was first presented at The Lowry in 2018, it then transferred to the Traverse Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival followed by the West End and a UK Tour.
The only casting requirement is that the character of NIGEL should not be portrayed by a child or young adult; the actor playing him should also not play more than one part – he is the central point around which the story unfolds. The rest of the characters in the play can be played by as many or as few actors as desired, but the minimum to do the production justice would be a company of five.
  • Time Period 1970s, 1960s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

"Food’s nostalgic power is captured with mouth-watering success in this poignant staging of the popular memoir" - The Guardian, Read more

"...this adaptation maintains both the infectious charm and disarming frankness of its source material." - The Stage, Read more

"Only those of the sourest disposition would not love this bitter-sweet show" - The Independent, Read more

"Nigel Slater's memoir is given a moreish piquancy" - The Times, Read more

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Playwright Interview: Henry Filloux-Bennett
by Cathy Thomas
June 11, 2019

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Henry Filloux-Bennett

Henry Filloux-Bennett has worked for organisations including The Lowry, Bill Kenwright Ltd, Theatre Royal Haymarket, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse and HighTide Festival. From 2010 to 2012 he was Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre in London, ...
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Nigel Slater

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