George Egg, the Anarchist Cook is coming to the Albany’s sister venue, Canada Water Culture Space on Friday 4 March. This intriguing character got us thinking that we wanted to know more, so here we are…
George Egg was born in a tower block in Charlton and grew up in South East London. He ran away to join the circus aged 16, cooking for French anarchic circus Archaos and it was this experience that made him want to perform. After acting in productions with Lewisham Youth Theatre in the late ‘80s George devised his own show and started street performing next to the Cutty Sark when he was 17. This lead to performing on the comedy and cabaret circuit and his first paid stand-up gig at Up The Creek Comedy Club in Greenwich.
In 1994 he performed at the Albany as part of a groundbreaking show called The Feast, an absurdist comedy-cum-cabaret-cum-circus show that was commissioned to relaunch the venue after an extensive refit. Performers actually cooked a meal during the day that was fed to the audience during the interval. Little did George realise that this interactive experience would be inspiration for a future show.
Two decades have passed, during which George performed extensively in the UK as well as Germany, Spain, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong and India. He has also supported Lee Mack, Micky Flanagan and Jack Dee.
But George has always had a love for food and cooking, and a few years ago, tapping into his experience as a hungry performer on the road, he devised George Egg: Anarchist Cook, a one-man show which is part stand-up comedy, part illustrated lecture and part live cookery demonstration. George cooks a three course meal using just the equipment you’d find in a hotel room. And then, at the end, the audience get to taste it.
Anarchist Cook sold out at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe last year and won the coveted Spirit of the Fringe Award in Edinburgh.It is a true pleasure for George to return to South East London to perform a show that has in many ways been some twenty plus years in the making
George Egg: Anarchist Cook, Friday 4 March, 7.30pm, Canada Water Culture Space
‘It’s an hilarious show, with surprisingly good food’ THE TIMES
‘My find of the Fringe… someone should give Egg his own anarchist cookery television show as soon as possible‘ ‘i’ PAPER
‘A genius… He is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy’ SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
‘Go see George Egg… you’ll never look at a Corby trouser press in the same way again. Brilliant.’ JAY RAYNER (OBSERVER RESTAURANT CRITIC)