NEWS: Nigel Slater’s Toast Adapted into Online Play

The play will be made available online from the 1st to the 31st July.

Following its 2019 run in London and  national tour, Nigel Slater’s Toast is returning to the Lawrence Batley Theatre as a brand new online play for audiences to enjoy at home.

The play will be available to listen to or watch as an animated film from the 1st to the 31st July, with audiences being able to choose to  just listen to the broadcast or to watch it. Standard tickets are £10, while the £16 theatre pack includes a programme and walnut whip.

Toast has been reimagined into a part animated film, part radio play by Henry Filloux-Bennett who has written it in its new format. Meanwhile, it is being directed by Jonnie Riordan, with animation by Dusthouse and sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite.

Toast is based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning biography,which vividly recreates his childhood through the tastes and smells he shares with his mother, culminating in the young Nigel’s escape to London. From making the perfect sherry trifle, through the playground politics of sweets, the rigid rules of restaurant dining, and a domestic war over cakes, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and…toast.

This production follows on from the success of Lawrence Batley Theatre’s recently-broadcast production of The Understudy which, in a bid to raise money for the theatre industry, reached audiences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, USA, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

The cast for Toast is formed of: Giles Cooper, Lizzie Muncey, Stephen Ventura, Marie Lawrence and Jake Ferretti. All of the cast and creative team will take part completely in isolation and actors will record their lines at home that will be brought to life by the sound design team including Alexandra Faye Braithwaite, Annie May Fletcher and Sophie Galpin.

Talking about the news, Nigel Slater said: “Toast has already had a life as a book, a film and a stage production and I am thrilled to see it in its latest format as an animated radio play. To bring the play to such a wide audience is a brilliant idea from The Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Lowry and working with so many of the original production team and cast again has been an absolute joy.”

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