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Food Wars: Battles on the Home Front

Eastern Angles & Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary

Eastern Angles in association with 

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary present

FOOD WARS – 2 plays reveal the battles on the home front

Watch out for our multi-dimensional entertainment covering rationing, food supplies, and the response of agriculture and government to the threat of national food shortages during two world wars.

Featuring two halves of story, it is a collaboration between Eastern Angles and New Heritage Solutions, which previously brought you Somewhere In England.  

Individual reminiscence and the tales of ingenuity and survival combine to follow on previous Eastern Angles shows like Sid & Hettie, Everything Must Go and On The Home Front

Oh, What a Lovely Food War, the first half, features a music hall treatment of the U-Boat war, the first introduction of food rationing, and the National Food Kitchens that fed rich, poor and everyone in between. Singers, comedians and a ventriloquist tell the story behind the strategies of Asquith and Lloyd George, including the man who really did know his father, and the first Great War British bake-off of bread made with potato flour!

Saving Our Bacon takes up the story in World War II, when pigs in blankets were something different, and the black market was just round the corner. The memories of those still living have been stirred into action once more to resurrect the stories of the home front that get forgotten.

FOOD WARS tours to:

Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich: Tues 10th - Sat 14th September

St Mary's Church Hall, Walton: Mon 23rd September, 7.30pm

Harwich Community Arts & Heritage Centre: Tues 24th September, 7.30pm

Dedham Assembly Rooms: Weds 25th September, 7.30pm

Dennington Village Hall: Thurs 26th September, 7.30pm

Brightlingsea Community Centre: Fri 27th September, 7.30pm

Maldon Town Hall: Sat 28th September, 7.30pm

Tickets £12 full, £10 concessions

Book tickets here

You can also catch Oh, What a Lovely Food War & the touring exhibition trailer with Harwich Haven at the following Food & Drink Festivals:

See the exhibition, re-enactors & theatre at:

27-28 July: Harwich Maritime Festival

17-18 Aug: Ipswich Maritime Festival

1 Sept: Felixstowe Art on the Prom 

28-29 Sept: Essex Autumn Food & Craft

*exhibit & re-enactors only

Saving Our Bacon will be touring to care homes, schools and dementia cafes across Suffolk and Essex.

For more information on the project, visit Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary

Sally Ann Burnett

Hayley Evenett

Joseph Phelps

Writer - Oh, What A Lovely Food War

Ivan Cutting

Director - Oh, What A Lovely Food War

Scott Hurran

Writer & Director - Saving Our Bacon

Jon Tavener

Stage Manager

Penny Griffin