Hunt & Darton find out about the people of Colchester through the medium of food

In the first phrase of New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood, Fuel invited artists to undertake reccy missions in each of the places we’re collaborating with. Earlier this year, Hunt & Darton – whose pop-up cafe is a delight of the live-art circuit – visited Colchester for a day. Here’s what happened:

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Notes:
It’s half term
Families and groups of young people
Shopping bags branded with high street logos such as JD sport, Burton and Topshop
Buggies and prams with excess kids hanging from either side.
Tartan shopping trolleys
Polo shirts donning a small logo
Rowdy kids grouped by gender
Builders and men that look like they have been carrying out some form of manual labour
A couple walking hand in hand with no excess baggage
Buses and lots of cars
1 big H&M
1 cinema
Several fast food chains
5 discount stores
1 Wetherspoons pub
5 outdoor market stalls.

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EQUIPMENT
100 questionnaires
4 pens
20 Tunnocks tea cakes
6 packs of Polo’s
50 Hunt & Darton Cafe badges
50 Business cards
2 coats (it was a cold day)
2 bottles of water
1 camera
1 shopping trolley

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CAN WE TALK TO YOU ABOUT FOOD?
What do you prefer tea or coffee, what do you like to pay for a tea, sweet or savoury, how often do you go out for lunch and where do you go, what do you like to spend on adults, on kids, do you like Coco Pops, what’s your favourite food joke, what do you think Live Art is and who do you prefer Hunt or Darton?

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DO YOU PREFER TEA OR COFFEE?

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WE MET…
A lady who was visiting her daughter for the day
Two men in a van taking a lunch break
A group of 4 men from Denmark
A elderly man who likes Tunnocks tea cakes. He was 82
Two teenage boys, one wearing a hat that said DUDE
The mum who was really into food
2 Jehovah witnesses from the USA
A van driver who didn’t want to talk
The couple that looked down and said no thank you
A guy who worked in Lush and got his lunch from the pasty shop. He smelt good.
A group of girls with ice creams

A taxi driver who liked to drink at weekends
A couple from Norwich
A couple from Clacton
3 cool girls… too cool to stop
A sweet teenage couple
2 charity canvassers wearing purple hoodies
A family on their way to the cinema- they were running late
1 heavy-handed shopping centre security guard who moved us on

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WHERE DO YOU GO
OUT FOR LUNCH?

Nandos
McDonalds
Café
KFC
Pizza Express
Pub
Art Café
Café Nero
Subway
Zizzi
Bakers
Pizza Hut
Cornish Kitchen
Starbucks
Happy days
Belle pasta
Chinese
NO! I’m A pensioner

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TELL US YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD RELATED JOKE
What do you call a mischievous egg?
A practical yoker!

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get away from KFC!

What did the cheese say to itself in the mirror?
Halloumi!

What cheese is not yours?
Nacho cheese!

My ex is on a diet. If you she her walking down the road, you can’t miss her.
What did the tomato say to the other tomato?
Don’t get squashed?

What did the big tomato say to the little tomato?
Ketchup!

There is a mouse in the cupboard?
It’s a computer mouse!

Sheep on a trampoline is a wooly jumper!

What is a vegetables favourite sport?
Carrotee!

WHO DO YOU PREFER HUNT OR DARTON?

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