Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin

Posted by pt91 at Oct 18, 2011 05:04 PM |
Quirky and charming Edinburgh smash hit comes to Leicester

Issued by Embrace Arts at the RA Centre on 17 October 2011

Maison Foo’s Edinburgh smash-hit sell out show Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is undertaking a UK tour and visits Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s art centre on Friday 4 November at 7.30pm.

Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin is a magical topsy-turvy tale for grown-ups that crept from nowhere to become one of the most sought after tickets at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

My surprise hit of the festival...touching and beautifully crafted...deceptively sophisticated and layered work...a little show with a big heart’ Lyn Gardner Guardian ****

This warm and intriguing tale follows the story of a wall, a floor and a chimney as they search for the forgotten old lady who lives in them and cares for them. Using an inventive blend of clowning, visual theatre and puppetry it looks at the memories that lie within. With charm, wit and just a touch of pathos, Maison Foo bring to life the imaginative world lurking behind the unkempt door of Number 92 after the decaying house is left to fend for itself.

‘It's not often that you get to see the perspectives of elderly women on stage…Maison Foo celebrate the beauty to be found in the lives and characters of people who are frequently marginalised or just ignored’ Scotsman ****

Maison Foo is proud to have Dementia UK as sponsors of the autumn 2011 national tour of Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin.

Barbara Stephens Chief Executive of Dementia UK, said ‘I’m so pleased that we are working with this marvelous production, it’s such an evocative portrayal of the experience of dementia, combining subtle undertones with raw edges’.

Inspired and haunted by the mysterious ‘missing’ Granddads that they never had the chance to meet; Maison Foo’s Artistic Directors Kathryn Lowe and Bethany Sheldon were driven to create Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin by a common fascination with ideas relating to memory, loss and growing old.

As part of the process of devising the show Maison Foo invited elderly patients from the Royal Derby Hospital to share their stories, and used the resulting tales and memories to create Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin. Taking the concept of playing ‘house’ to an entirely new level, Mrs. Benjamin’s story is told from the unusual perspective of her crumbling home

‘Unforgettable performances that speak directly to audiences' hearts…

…this show is a must see’ ThreeWeeks ***** 

Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin are an accessible piece of visual theatre that engages audience’s imaginations through playful storytelling, clowning and puppetry. The intelligent strong narrative tells a poignant story based on the universal theme of age and growing old.

‘Excellent physical theatre. A superb production... Great stuff’ Daily Mirror **** 

For box office info and tickets please call Embrace Arts on 0116 252 2455 e-mail:

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Gillian Garratt, Marketing Manager, Embrace Arts, email, tel 07973 188898.

Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, PO Box 138, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail:

Embrace Arts

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire.

Its welcoming 120-seater performance area, art studios, extensive exhibition gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners.

Still one of the few arts venues that can boast a fully-accessible facility, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community.

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