Part 2 of a 3-part series
The first major play that director Kirsty Patrick Ward assisted on was Bunny in 2010 - a coming of age story created by Skins and This is England writer Jack Thorne. Little did she know when Bunny received a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, that she would one day receive this prestigious accolade for a play of her own.
Chef (2014), written by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Patrick Ward, was announced as one of the first six winners in the Scotsman Fringe First Awards last year. From haute-cuisine head chef to convicted prison cook, Chef is a story of passion and imprisonment.
Performed by The Globe’s Jade Anouka, Patrick Ward says Anouka was the only woman for the job: "Sabrina and I said to each other 'Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jade could do it?' She came in for a 20-minute reading and that was it - that was the entire casting process."
"Together we wanted to explore female imprisonment and incarceration in the 21st century," she continues. "Chef gives a voice to someone who doesn’t have one as a result of her circumstances. It is about having a passion and overcoming the odds, following your passions in the face of adversary. That is what Chef does."
Both on and off the stage, passion and perseverance lie at the heart of this play. "There is nothing better than seeing a show you have been involved with since the beginning and believe in passionately, rehearsed relentlessly and produced on a shoestring [budget], then go on to be performed and receive such great reviews," Patrick Ward explains. "You can’t beat that feeling."
[Chef will return to theatres in London during 2015.]
Words: Elizabeth Neep