Dinner With My Neighbours
Food is fundamental to existence. It travels the length of our bodies; to eat is to be alive. It is also responsible, by its current means of production, for massive planetary destruction.
Rebecca Smith-Williams is an actress, theatre maker and gardener living in Cwm Taff. Aaron Thierry is a climate scientist, who is also Rebecca’s neighbour. Rebecca was a participating artist, and Aaron a guest speaker, at National Theatre Wales’ artist residency Egin in July 2019, which explored different perspectives on climate collapse and took place in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, where ideas for Dinner With My Neighbours started forming.
Dinner with My Neighbours is a project of research, conversations and performance development, and it’s all about FOOD. What does it take for Rebecca and her fellow residents of Taffs Well to be able to sit at their tables and eat? In an attempt to understand the effect that she, as a creature living in her home, is having on the planet, the project will examine the elements that sustain our lives through the lens of a DINNER. What would it be to really understand the mechanisms behind the water they drink, the energy they use to cook, the waste that is produced? Rebecca will research these in the company of Aaron who will offer a wider global, scientific and political perspective on these questions.
The project will be specifically located in Taffs Wells and the valley of Cwm Taf and integral to the research will be conversations with other members of the community. They will span the duration of the project and will vary from a local mushroom forager to an allotment president, a mapping fanatic to the local chip shop owner. We are living in a collective food madness, and re-examining and altering our relationships with food could be a huge force for good and healing on many levels. Also: who doesn’t want to talk about food?!
Located Residencies are Creative Development projects which give exciting artists an opportunity to lead on the early development of a new idea for performance, which is embedded in a specific location in Wales. Read about 2020’s other Located Residencies here.