The Foundry Group
The Ministry of Biscuits
by Philip Reeve & Brian Mitchell
Stop! Think before you eat that biscuit! Is it in any way fancy? If so, then you are a criminal!
London, 1948 – The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson, a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.
“What an absolutely ripping wheeze…a top-hole musical comedy without a trace of Lloyd Webber anywhere…a highly entertaining, clever show, packed with neat one liners…a festival gem” – The Stage
40′s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the acclaimed, best-selling, Carnegie-Medal-winning novelist, Philip Reeve (author of ‘Mortal Engines’, ‘Here Lies Arthur’ and ‘Railhead’), and the multi-award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell (‘Those Magnificent Men’ and ‘Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks’), with a filmed section by international film-maker Ben Rivers. First performed twenty years ago to great acclaim, the Foundry Group with the Lantern Theatre are reviving this well-loved show in a new co-production for November and December 2017, starring Radio 4 regular David Mounfield .
“Delightful…The songs are often genuinely funny…A great show!” – The Scotsman