Sun 28 May | 2pm & 8.30pm | Tickets £8.50 (£6.50) | Hexagon Theatre | Age 16+
Chokolatul is an interactive devised theatre show about my bittersweet relationship with hot chocolate and growing up mixed race in the West Midlands and the UK. Part-live cooking show, part-confessional stand-up, part-performance art, part-twisted Phil Colins tribute act; it’s a show about roots, appropriation, family and sacrifice that asks How do we find grains of truth in our ever revolving mill of memories?
Set in a TV studio cooking show, the performance interweaves the transatlantic recipes of chocolate - from the Mayan Mexican cultivation of cacao, to the Aztec empire’s conquests and invention of 'chokolātl' (or 'bitter waters') drinking chocolate, to Spanish colonialism and introduction of chocolate to Europe, before finishing at Birmingham’s famous Cadbury's chocolate factory and family.
Chokolatul was first commissioned at the CASA Latin American Theatre Festival and First Food Residency and has been further developed at PILOT Nights, Shoot Festival, Friction Arts and mac Birmingham with generous support from Arts Council England.Sebastian H-W is a Live Artist based in the West Midlands whose work explores identity, memory, technology, interactivity and the body through innovative, cutting edge approaches to making live performances, audience experiences and action-based interventions. www.sebastianhw.info