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Hungry by Chris Bush at Soho Theatre

What can I say about Hungry? Quite simply, I loved everything about this play. The script, the acting, the set, the music. It’s been a while since I last saw something that hit me as hard or made me feel so many emotions, and the intimacy of the venue made it all the more intense.

Paines Plough's HUNGRY by Chris Bush with Eleanor Sutton & Melissa Lowe (c) The Other Richard
Paines Plough’s HUNGRY by Chris Bush with Eleanor Sutton & Melissa Lowe (c) The Other Richard

When Bex arrives as a waiter for an event Lori is catering for, sparks fly. They start a relationship but as they go deeper the fundamental differences between them start to become starker. The show explores so many different themes – race, class, sexuality – which in other shows, can lead to a feeling that everything is being touched only on a surface level. However, Chris Bush’s script managed to seamlessly weave together all this and more to explore the dangers of looking at everything through our own personal, often privileged, lens.

I am white, straight and middle class. Therefore this play was something of an education for me, especially as a teacher in a very deprived area of London. It made me really question the way that I see my job, and the ways that I interact with my students. Am I really doing what’s best for them? Or just what my worldview makes me believe is best? I think it’s so important to see theatre that makes us question ourselves, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who left the show feeling like they had learned something important.

Both Melissa Lowe (Bex) and Eleanor Sutton (Lori) were excellent in their roles. Melissa Lowe, in particular, delivered a heartbreaking monologue of all the things Bex wishes she could say to Lori – with raw emotion and Eleanor Sutton’s portrayal of the awkwardness of Lori was almost so excruciating at times it was hard to watch. The set design was also great, just two trolley tables which physically measured the distance between the couple at different points in time.

If you want a great evening of entertainment, to learn something, and to run the slight risk of being showered by stray crumbs of crushed crisps, then I cannot recommend Hungry enough.

5 Star Rating

Review by Emily Gami

A blisteringly funny play about what we eat and who we love, exploring class, queerness, cultural appropriation and the cost of gentrification.

Lori is a chef. Bex waits tables. One night in a walk-in fridge and the rest is history.

Lori wants to teach Bex about the finer things in life, but what’s the point when the system is rigged? After all, no-one on minimum wage has headspace to make their own yoghurt.

You want to swoop in and whisk me off to this brave new world of matcha powder and sourdough and reclaimed floorboards. And what if I’m happy as I am?

Content warning: Strong language and use of flashing lights
Trigger warning: References to eating disorders, death of a parent

Tue 12 – Sat 30 Jul 2022
https://sohotheatre.com/

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  • Emily Gami

    I am a 25 year old Geography teacher who really loves the theatre. I first fell in love with the theatre when I was 15 and since moving to London 4 years ago I have tried to see as many shows as possible. On the rare occasions I am not at work or at the theatre I can usually be found on a tennis court or curled up somewhere with a good book

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