Devil’s Food Cake by Marcia Kelson is a drama about the impact of an eating disorder on family members. It was written, rehearsed, and filmed in lockdown.
Devil’s Food Cake was the winner of the Best Newcomer Award at Brighton Fringe
2021.Plot: Jenny and Frank are at their wits’ end. Daughter Sophie won’t eat. Sister Katie is frantic with worry. Can Jenny tempt Sophie with her strawberry pavlova? Can family therapist Jasmine’s animal analogies help them find a way forward? Or will the mysterious Ana thwart all attempts at recovery? Caution: addresses issues around eating disorders that some people may find triggering. Age 16+
Cast and Crew: Jenny: Lesley Ann Jones, Sophie: Eden Vansittart, Frank: David Jones, Katie: Eliza Jones, Jasmine: Caroline Salter, Ana: Catherine Allison.Creatives: Writer/Director: Marcia Kelson (Papatango prize long-listed 2016 and 2017 and winner of two OnComm awards), Stage Manager: Caroline D’Arcy, Film Editor: Ian Salter, Music: Richard Swan
Reviews of Devil’s Food Cake (online at Brighton Fringe 2021) ***** Voice Mag “an important and brave piece of digital theatre”**** Theatre Things UK “throws us straight into the heart of the story.” **** North West End UK “a really engaging piece of theatre that you will be thinking about for a long time.””well-written and sharply acted … powerful and devastating.” @loureviewsblog
Devil’s Food Cake is a feature film playing in the Mental Filmness virtual festival running from October 9th at 7 p.m. through November 1st at 7 p.m. at https://mentalfilmness2021.eventive.org/welcome. Director Marcia Kelson gave an interview regarding the film at https://mentalfilmness2021.eventive.org/interviews2021. Check it out!