Lately democracy has been leaving a bad taste in our mouths.

Crunch Time is a dinner party…..of sorts. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate five-course meal. Viewed via live-feed video from a nearby kitchen, a guest chef prepares real food in response to demand.

But we’re not using master chefs here – instead, each performance will nominate individuals from public positions of leadership. Politicians, Artistic Directors and CEOs will take their turn to cook up requests from the dining room with dangerously unpredictable results.

Maple syrup in the pasta? Chocolate on the bacon? The popular vote can be hard to swallow, but at the end of the day – we’ve all got to eat…


“obviously brilliant” -The Age

“a definite feast for the eyes and ears” -My Melbourne Arts

“ingenious, intricate, and just about flawlessly realised” -Stage Whispers





Metro Arts Performance Season // 5 – 15 December 2018 – Presented by Counterpilot, Next Wave, TAFE Queensland & Metro Arts

View the online program HERE.



Nathan Sibthorpe / Director



What is a Patron ticket?
If all tickets were priced to reflect the true costs of mounting this production, they would cost over $100 each. To ensure affordability of the experience, tickets are subsidised by the artists and project partners. Purchasing a patron ticket is a way of supporting these efforts, contributing more resources to the production so that it can be made accessible to a broader community. Patron tickets are available for guests who may have the means to offer this additional support. Your experience during the performance will not be different to guests attending on a regular ticket.

Will this be a substantial dinner? Should I eat before I come?
Crunch Time involves sharing a five course meal, included in your ticket price. There is a chance that these five courses might be nourishing and satisfying, but buyer beware – these standards depend on the chef’s skills and diner’s choices. Due to the nature of the work, we cannot guarantee what these dishes might involve – there are no guarantees. Each course will be comprised of ingredients that have been democratically voted for, so there is a chance you won’t want to eat them all. We encourage you not to eat a full meal before attending, but if you arrive very hungry, you may have more to lose.

Is the work suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
It is possible to navigate the ingredient choices and secure a vegan-friendly meal, but we do not make any promises as to whether this will happen. If you have dietary requirements, it will be your responsibility to navigate this agenda with your fellow diners. You may end up winning with some courses and losing on others.

What if I have a food intolerance or severe allergy?
If you have a severe food allergy, this work may not be appropriate for you to attend. A full breakdown of potential ingredients will be available from box office before each performance. Diners with mild allergies or food intolerances can be advised of these details so that they can make their choices carefully. Please advise us of any allergies in advance.

Who will my chef be?
Guest chefs will be announced in the week before your performance.

Will I be able to enter the performance late?
Due to the interactive nature of this performance, a strict lockout period applies. We recommend arriving 20 minutes early. 



This project was co-commissioned by Next Wave and Metro Arts.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.



Metro Arts’ Work-In-Residence Program is made possible by the support of Lynn Rainbow-Reid AM and John B. Reid AO.



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