Co-commissioned by Metro Arts & Next Wave Festival

Crunch Time is a performative dinner party designed to model the processes of democracy. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate 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.

Lately, politics has been leaving a bad taste in our mouths. The popular vote can be hard to swallow, but at the end of the day - we've all got to eat...



Premiere Season for Next Wave Festival 2018
Co-presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy

3-12 May,
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

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Conceived & Directed by: Nathan Sibthorpe
Technical Design by: Christine Felmingham
Sound Design by: Mike Willmett
Software Design by: Clinton Freeman
Visuals by: Sean Dowling
Construction & Contraptions by: John Felmingham
Project Collaborators: Cam Clark, Toby Martin, Craig Wilkinson

Marketing imagery by Sean Dowling


CRUNCH TIME is developed as a touring work. For any enquiries, please contact Nathan Sibthorpe.