Following its world premiere at The Lowry, Salford, in May, the stage adaption of Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs Toast is to be performed at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Traverse Festival 2018, it has been announced today.
Toast has been commissioned by The Lowry – the most visited cultural destination in the North West – as part of its biennial Week 53 arts festival, where it runs from Tuesday 22 May to Saturday 2 June – with extra dates now on sale.
The production will then play as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 26 August, at the Traverse Theatre – a powerhouse of vibrant new work and a champion of creativity and new writing.
Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with.
From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…Toast.
Originally produced by The Lowry for Week 53 festival, Toast is adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan.
Nigel Slater said: “I have always felt the story would work well on stage and this adaption is beautifully written, warm, funny and produced with originality and great sensitivity. My story couldn’t be in better hands.”
Director Jonnie Riordan said: “I’m hugely excited about getting the opportunity to direct the first stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s Toast. What we hope to make will be bold and imaginative, allowing the audience to really invest and experience Nigel’s story up close on stage. I fell in love with the book when I first read it and can’t wait to share it with audiences on stage.”