A COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT
YES CHEF - by Laurie Ogden
Only 18.7% of chefs in the UK are women. There are more women CEO's nationally than women Head Chefs.
The fish rots from the head.
Inspired by real interviews, Yes Chef follows two young women in a male dominated industry, exposing the reality behind closed kitchen doors.
Laurie Ogden is a poet, playwright and performer from Merseyside. Now based in London, she is a current Roundhouse Resident Artist, former Jerwood/Arvon mentee and a Barbican Young Poet alumna. As a writer she has made work for the likes of Sky Arts, BBC, Roundhouse, Barbican, Sage Gateshead, and Barnardos.
Past plays include TWIX, ****, ('A new writing triumph', A Younger Theatre), Colder Water, *****, and Side Orders, ****. She also works as a movement director, most recently on the Charlie Harthill recipient Bible John (*****, Vault Festival). She trained with the National Youth Theatre REP company.
Rebecca is an award-winning director and playwright who makes ambitious, socially engaged work with humour and depth. In 2014, Rebecca won a Fringe First for Travesti, a verbatim piece she wrote and directed inspired by the early conversations around Everyday Sexism. Simultaneously, she was employed as Director in Residence and spent 7 months on staff at the Almeida Theatre. Since then, she has developed a successful career as an Associate Director, having worked on productions ranging from solo shows to West End commercial productions and major UK Tours. Rebecca has worked extensively developing new writing and has been Associate Artist to the Ovalhouse Theatre (2014) and Mercury Theatre (2018-19). She has collaborated with new writing companies including Pint-Sized, Little Pieces of Gold and Theatre Renegade, and has directed new writing for theatres including the Almeida Theatre, Gate Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Park Theatre, New Diorama Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Bunker Theatre, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse and at VAULT festival. Alongside her freelance work, she is co-director of acclaimed new writing company Unbound Productions, and is a freelance tutor for Italia Conti Acting Academy.
Graduated 2 years ago with a BA first class honours degree in Performance for Stage and Screen from Sheffield Hallam university. Recently appeared as Claire in “size zero”, and papa johns, and Bupa commercials. Eleanor is so grateful for the opportunities she has been lucky enough to get throughout lockdown and cannot wait for theatres to re-open!
Playing Chef B
"Playfulness, empathy and enthusiasm are my synonyms. I love developing new work, to help a Playwright evolve their piece into something tangible for them and for an audience to share in. Whether in Theatre or in day to day life, I aim to help people live in their full potential." - Cash Holland