Cafe stages a theatre feast

Diners at an iconic city centre cafe will never have savoured a meal quite like it.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 6:00 am
Zuppa in action

And if the seven-snack menu created by a celebrated Michelin starred chef at Bruccianis coffee shop in Preston next week promises to be spectacular, so too does the floor show.

An ensemble theatre company from Canada will be staging a “Pop-Up Love Party” in the 1930s cafe on two nights to give customers what is described as “a philosophical feast, a multi-sensory contemplation of love and desire.”

“This is not your standard theatre performance,” said Josh Coates from Derelict Spring 2016, a UCLan-hosted programme of professional performance and live art which began in Preston today and continues through to the end of next week.

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“It is really exciting and really unique. It is an opportunity for people in Preston to experience some really high quality work which doesn’t come to the city very often.”

The performance by Zuppa Theatre Company is designed to be: “Somewhere between the theatre, a meal out, a night at the pub and a philosophy slam. Pop-Up Love Party re-imagines Plato’s Symposium in its quest to define love - by holding a kangaroo court, sharing secrets and pumping out an infectious pop ballad that will mend broken hearts around the world.

“Using a variety of theatrical devices and the power of contemporary cuisine, the Zuppas will stop at nothing to seize the day in this celebration of mind, body and love in the 21st century. Enriching this roller coaster ride through the depths of desire is a seven-course snack menu.”

The event will be staged in Bruccianis on Friday and Saturday next week at 7.30pm. The food has been designed by top New York chef Daniel Burns. Tickets at £20 can be purchased on