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To: Cooking With Puccini
  • Presented in association with Bare Bawds
  • Written by Jeffrey Mayhew Directed by Guy Masterson
  • with Jeffrey Mayhew & Lynsey Tash
  • Premiered August 2006 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

Take one hot-blooded Italian opera composer, the very best arias, countless love affairs re-visited, the scent of an Italian kitchen' Cooking with Puccini is a sexy feast of a chat show.

Guy Masterson (multiple Fringe First winner, Fringe Best Actor winner) directs Jeffrey Mayhew (Swift) as the world's most popular composer (fact!) The revelations come thick and fast as the master of Boheme, Butterfly, Turandot and Tosca is taken firmly to task. The loveable rogue's life bears our scrutiny in this visual (and tastier) version of Desert Island Discs. Fame, creativity and moral responsibility are all considered through the medium of high comedy as the wisecracking, womanising Puccini confronts his own persona.

So much more than a cooking show! In a tell-all interview that reveals much more than just the interviewee's favourite recipes, a portrait of the artist as composer, lover and chef emerges. Jeffrey Mayhew as Puccini and Lynsey Tash as the Maid rekindle Puccini's life. Lynsey Tash straddles the Maid's role of interviewer with the various tragic heroines in Puccini's life and his operas (he certainly had some appetite).

Jeffrey Mayhew and Guy Masterson again join forces after their success with Swift at 2005's Festival, to create possibly the sexiest and best-smelling show on the Fringe!

"Jeffrey Mayhew and Guy Masterson reunite after last year's successful Swift and delve into the world of opera and daytime television. Puccini (Mayhew) is a guest on Lynsey's (Lynsey Tash) modern cookery show where he uses his culinary skills to illustrate the inspiration for his operas. Along the way we scrutinise the composers charming rogue persona, his love of the female form and examine creativity, fame and morality. The modern setting (Puccini is northern) takes away nothing, simply wrapping facts in a witty delivery, stuffed with innuendo and interspersed with beautiful arias. Whether you know his work or not, it's an entertaining tale of a man who wrote music wonderfully and lived downright dastardly." (Lindsay Corr - The List 09/08/06)