The Musical

About


Divergent Theatre Collective in Collaboration with Bread and Roses Theatre presents:
                               'It Tastes Like Home'.
                                    




  'It Tastes Like Home'- The Recipe
Prepare two families,
Mix in two cultures,
Then slowly add three identities,
Spice liberally with two different cuisines
Now mix really well.

Cook in a London oven for two generations.

The finished dish should look like ......One Life?


"When I was young, A.M was Dumplings.P.M was Fish and Chips. When I was Older, A.M was plantain, P.M a walnut whip"

                                               

'It Tastes Like Home', is a musical comedy set in modern day London. It  explores a love story between first generation Jamaican Camilla, and Yi of Chinese descent. As their tentative relationship develops,  can they balance their two worlds of family, culture and values?

Backed by a soundtrack fused with reggae and Chinese influences, this unique and feel-good multicultural musical explores what ‘home’ looks like when you come from another place, and whether migrants and their children can really ever unite their, culture, passions, and identity with that of the host country they are in.......

In the end is that how we survive?
The food and culture it keeps us alive?
Both when your home is far, far away,
Or when you're born here, and still feel a 'way'.




                                 Divergent Theatre Collective:
Divergent Theatre Collective aims to explore and expose, contemporary social and political issues. We aim to tell diverse stories relevant today, yet with universal themes. The theatre we aspire to create will delight, unlock minds, amuse and inspire. The company also encourages emerging creatives & performers from different cultures and art forms to collaborate.
                           
                                Bread and Roses Theatre
Bread and Roses Theatre is an innovative, award winning Fringe theatre in Clapham, South London, "exploring London’s fantastic fringe theatre scene is a rewarding experience, and at a fraction of cost of the big well-known productions. The Bread & Roses Theatre works well as a venue and made for the perfect setting" - LondonTheatre1    
Winner of the ICWP award, 2015/16/17- (ICWP)  Applause Awards, honouring theatres that produce plays written in equal measure by women and men.

This production is the third in a series of developments which has led to this 90 minute piece, originally developed from MA in Musical Theatre at Goldsmiths University.

'It Tastes Like Home' would like to say a big" THANK YOU", to all the people past and present, who have helped and participated in, our journey to now.

Reviews


" As a metaphor for the cultural melting pot of the 21st century, 'It Tastes Like Home' shows that variety is indeed the spice of life..... While the show is a romantic comedy with plenty of humour, it doesn't shy away from the negative experiences that 'people of colour' face in every day life.." 4 Stars ****"

Michael DavisBreaking-the-fourth-wallhttps://breaking-the-fourth-wall.com/2018/10/23/it-tastes-like-home-bread-roses-theatre-review/

" A beautiful tale of two worlds in one life, themed around interracial relationships, intertwined culture, family standards, biracial acceptance, identity and family disputes.." 4 Stars ****"

Tanica Psalmistgetthechance.waleshttps://getthechance.wales/2018/10/24/it-tastes-like-home-divergent-theatre-collective-the-bread-and-roses-theatre-by-tanica-psalmist/

"....a breath of fresh air when it comes to contemporary musical theatre on the London Stage" 4 Stars ****"

Emma ZadowLondon Pub Theatreshttps://pubtheatres1.tumblr.com/post/179480985987/it-tastes-like-home-bread-and-roses-theatre-until/amp?_twitter_impression=true

saw a musical called It Tastes Like Home yesterday at The Bread and Roses Theatre + am so glad I did—don’t think I have ever seen something that looks so explicitly at the relationship between different immigrant groups in London (in this case, Chinese + Jamaican). I was charmed. in the show a 2nd gen Chinese guy who works for his parents’ takeaway falls for the 2nd gen Jamaican girl who always comes in, + they both have traditional parents who think they’re stupid for wanting to cook instead of having ‘real jobs’. but they didn’t feel stereotypical/bait! I absolutely wish It Tastes Like Home was picked up by the likes of the Young Vic, Lyric, Bush, Southwark Playhouse, or Ovalhouse etc... a big space + the bells + whistles a big theatre can give would honesty make that show a huge sell-out. it was charming + fun + had heart"

Bridget MinamoreFreelance Journalist

"An exuberant celebration of family, culture and food that will warm your heart and set your stomach rumbling" 4 Stars ****"

Claire RoderickFairypoweredproductionshttps://twitter.com/FairyPowered/status/1054299964824829952?s=08

Made The TOP SHOWS 2018 for Fairy Powered productions. "Divergent Theatre Collective's It Tastes Like Home was a charming and uplifting musical about cultural identity.""

Claire RoderickFairypoweredproductionshttp://fairypoweredproductions.com/a-look-at-2018-from-our-lead-reviewer-claire/

Creatives


Lorna Wells

Writer

Eudora Yutong Qiao

Composer

Roman Pedro Berry

Director

Chuma Emembolu

Sound and Lighting Designer

Mimi J Brooks

Stage Manager and Vocal Coach

Elliot Joseph

Musical Supervisor

Gwenan Bain

Assistant Director

Alejandro Martin Aparicio

Producer

Annabeth Murphy Thomas

Producer

Cast


Melissa Parke

'Camilla Morgan'

Jarrod Lee

'Yi Chen'

Andrea Leslie- Frye

'Monica Morgan'

Sok-ho Trinh

'Jian Chen'

Susan Mitchell

'Mei Lin'

Rochelle Thomas

'Rosina Thomas'

Daniel Grant

'Desmond Morgan'

Contact


...And there's more


'It Tastes Like Home'- is being published. The Bread and Roses Theatre is set-up as an independent publishing house under the name of 'The Bread & Roses Theatre' as of this year. They are partnering up with distributor IngramSpark for this. The play will initially be available on the Bread and Roses website, and in the theatre too. The play is also available on Amazon.co.uk."

Bread and Roses Theatre - Publishing Househttp://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk

Musicals are popular and big business, as shown by Hamilton. But how do you write one? Lorna Wells decided to take the plunge and craft It Tastes Like Home, a Chinese-Jamaican romantic musical comedy set in modern day London, which explores a love story between first generation Jamaican Camilla and Yi of Chinese descent. Wells provides an insider view on creating a script and lyrics that tell a story."

Words of Colourhttps://wordsofcolour.co.uk/an-insiders-view-of-writing-a-musical/

What food tastes like home to you? We've asked all our cast and creatives this question, we've had varying answers from chilli chicken, chicken soup, chow mein to stew peas and rice, rice and peas and chicken, curry goat and spanish tortilla. We'd like to know, what food tastes like home to you? Tweet your answers to @ITLH_Musical."

@ITLH_Musicalhttps://twitter.com/ITLH_Musical

Sarah is the Graphic Designer of the vibrant, eye-catching artwork for our image."

Sarah ConnopGraphic Designerhttp://www.smallwhitefox.com