Live stream for Pass The Spoon

May 3 2012 | By More

Shrigley’s “Sort of Opera” to appear on The Space

Gavin Mitchell and Pauline Knowles in Pass the Spoon, a "sort-of opera" by David Shrigley, David Fennessy and Nicholas Bone. © Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Gavin Mitchell and Pauline Knowles in Pass the Spoon, a "sort-of opera" by David Shrigley, David Fennessy and Nicholas Bone. © Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

By Thom Dibdin

Pass The Spoon, the collaboration between David Shrigley, Red Note Ensemble and Magnetic North, is to be streamed live over the internet on Sunday night from its performance at London’s Southbank Centre.

The live stream is being produced through The Space, the new “live, free and on-demand” arts website which hit the news when it opened on May 1, largely through placing legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel’s record collection online.

Pass The Spoon is the first event to be streamed live on The Space. It will be followed by the Breakin’ Convention hip hop streetdance festival from Sadlers Wells on Monday.

The live stream of Pass The Spoon will take place from the 7.30pm performance at London’s South Bank Centre on Sunday, 6 May. The Space intend to add the performance to its on-demand repertoire from the end of May. It would remain available at least until the end of October.

Dani Rae, the show’s producer, welcomed the announcement. She told the Annals: “The beauty of it for us is that it is ‘non-geo-locked’ so we can encourage audiences and promoters across the world to watch it.”

The production sees Pauline Knowles and Stewart Cairns as the hosts of a daytime food and chat show. The libretto by David Shrigley goes off into the realms of the fantastical, with Martin McCormick as a supercilious talking Banana and Gavin Mitchell  in superb form: first as a manic depressive egg and then, in the production’s most brilliant sequence, as a giant poo.

The music is written by David Fennessy and performed by the Red Note Ensemble. Peter Van Hulle brings his operatic voice to the fore as a priest-like Butcher. Direction is by Nicholas Bone, artistic director of Magnetic North Theatre Company.

The Annals’ own five star review of the performance at the Traverse in Edinburgh is available to read here.

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Red Note Ensemble website:

The libretto is available to buy on Amazon here: David Shrigley: Pass the Spoon: A Sort-Of-Opera About Cookery

The Space is online  at


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  1. Thom Dibdin says:

    Changed the on-demand streaming details. Dan Phelan of The Space has just informed me that: “We’re hoping to make it available on demand from the end of May.”

    So good news that it should be available on-demand. Bad news that it won’t be available straight away!

    The obvious solution is to tune in live on Sunday night. You can always video The Voice if you are that way inclined.