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...

Recipient of The Lord Mayor's Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2018 Matilda Awards

"Obviously brilliant" - The Age

"ingenious, intricate, and just about flawlessly realised..." - Stage Whispers



Premiere Season for Next Wave Festival 2018
Co-presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy
3-12 May,
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Brisbane Season 2018
Co-presented by Metro Arts & TAFE Queensland
5-15 December,
Norman Price Theatre,
TAFE South Bank Campus


conceived & directed by: Nathan Sibthorpe
technical design by: Christine Felmingham
sound design by: Mike Willmett
software design by: Clinton Freeman
graphic design by: Sean Dowling
animations by: Craig Wilkinson
AV programming by: Jeremy Gordon
construction & contraptions by: John Felmingham
voice performance by: Lauren Jackson
project collaborators: Cam Clark, Toby Martin
dramaturgy by: Benjamin Knapton

Melbourne Season
operator: Nathan Sibthorpe
stage manager: Christine Felmingham
sous chef: Jennifer Bismire
producers: Hannah Donnelly & Beau McCafferty

Brisbane Season
operator: Nathan Sibthorpe
stage manager: Christine Felmingham
sous chef: Jennifer Bismire
camera operator: Cam Clark
kitchen supervisor: Andrew McKenzie
producers: Jo Thomas & Matt Seery


Crunch Time was co-commissioned by Next Wave and Metro Arts. Crunch Time was originally developed for the 2018 Next Wave Festival, presented in association with Darebin Arts Speakeasy.

Through Metro Arts, this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. 

Crunch Time is supported by Creative Sparks. 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. 




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