Toni-Dee Paul

My Father's Kitchen

Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + STUN during Works Ahead 2017
A double bill with Tom Cassani

In Brief

Food, family, memories and the meaning of ‘home’.

Venue + Booking Details for Works Ahead at Contact

Dates: Thursday 11 + Friday 12 May 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Tickets: £7/4 | For £13/7 see all three Works Ahead over two nights in two venues: book a ticket for Chanje Kunda at STUN Studio at Z-arts.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600 (all tickets booked via Contact only)

Access Information for Works Ahead at Contact

Age advisory: as Tom Cassani’s work contains imagery that some people may find disturbing, we suggest 14+ (parental/guardian discretion). Duration: the double bill lasts up to 2 hours, including an interval. Both works largely spoken English; Toni-Dee’s work includes vegan friendly food + drink. For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


The Black British identity is endlessly complex. A combination of adaptation, absorption, and integration means our culture is never static, and is always shifting.

Exploring home-cooked food and family trees, whilst delving into the stories that unfold in my father’s kitchen, this show examines the meaning of home, whilst reflecting on an empire’s history and Caribbean migration of the 1950s.

Who is she?

Toni-Dee is a Leeds/Manchester-based theatre maker, collaborator, writer, and performance artist — whose current body of work explores identity politics, memory, and culture.

What people have said about My Father’s Kitchen

The communal sharing of food nourishes intimacy, as does Paul’s infectious warmth.
Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine
Wonderfully poetic.


Co-commissioned by hÅb + Contact for Works Ahead. Developed as a Divergency micro-commission with support from hÅb + STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North).

Works Ahead 2017 is co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb + Contact; supported by STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North); supported using public funding by Arts Council England; funded by Manchester City Council.
Project Mentors: Matt Fenton + Peader Kirk

Websites | @tonidee_p | #WorksAhead

Works Ahead 2017

Thu 11 + Fri 12 May. See both nights £13/7
at Contact: 7.30pm. £7/4 each night
at STUN Studio at Z-arts: 7.30pm. £7/4 each night