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Crunch Time


3–12 May
Tue–Fri 7pm
Sat–Sun 12.30pm & 7pm
The Waratah Room, Darebin Arts Centre
$40 / $35


    Auslan-interpreted performance 8 May 7pm

Tough decisions must be made, but at the end of the day we’ve all got to eat. Crunch Time is a performative dinner party designed to model the processes of democracy. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate meal. Viewed via live-feed video from a nearby kitchen, a guest chef prepares real food in response to demand.

But we’re not using master chefs here – instead, each performance will nominate individuals from public positions of leadership. Public figures will take their turn to cook up requests from the dining room with dangerously unpredictable results. Though the popular vote can be hard to swallow, the voice of the people will reign supreme.

Created by
Conceived & Directed by
Nathan Sibthorpe
Technical Design
Christine Felmingham
Sound Design
Mike Willmett
Software Design
Clinton Freeman
Sean Dowling
Construction & Contraptions
John Felmingham
Project Collaborators
Cam Clark, Toby Martin, Craig Wilkinson
Sean Dowling

Please note: food and alcohol will be served during this performance. Patron dietary requirements and allergies cannot be catered to pre-performance, but will be discussed as part of the democratic process, with the group given the option to take these needs under consideration in ingredient selection. Please note: projection design may simulate a strobing effect.

Crunch Time is a Next Wave x Metro Arts co-commission in association with Darebin Arts Speakeasy.