Interview With….Pepa Duarte

The playwright and performer chats to Emma Clarendon about bringing her play Eating Myself to the Golden Goose Theatre in November.

Hi Pepa thanks for talking to me. Could you tell me more about what Eating Myself is about? Hi! Yes, Eating Myself is a show about the relationship of women with food and how this translates to eating and cooking. It is a show about body image and the pressure we have as women to fit in patterns of beauty but also patterns of behaviour in the way we love and care for others and ourselves. It is also about tradition, Latin America and especially Peru.

How did the idea for the play come about?I tend to create theatre when I need to say something, urgently.  My relationship with food had been conflictive and difficult for my many years and I realised that my impossibility of enjoying food freely and fully was a contradiction with my heritage. Peruvians are in love with their food and I didn’t know how to cook nor did I know how to eat. Then more layers started to add. I wanted to talk about how all this connected with the generations of women in my life and my personal story and upbringing.

How does it feel to be bringing Eating Myself to the Golden Goose?Incredibly exciting! We are looking forward to being in a new venue, finally sharing all the work we have done. This is an extraordinary opportunity in such difficult times and we are going to make the best out of it. 

What have you missed about live theatre?All the sensations produced by being in a room with people, the energy of a shared experience, the surprise and excitement of witnessing someone’s ideas or even dreams in front of you. The conversations afterwards, hearing about what was the audience experience. 

What did you enjoy the most about writing the play?It was exciting to see how an idea I had in my head kept transforming through time and the complexity that it started to have as time went by.

How would you describe the play? A very honest, dynamic show that can be funny, emotional and definitely outrageous. Full of Latin American flavour, a show about family, love and womanhood. An intimate experience of cooking for you all. 

By Emma Clarendon

Eating Myself will play at the Golden Goose Theatre from the 10th to the 14th November.

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