BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Cooking and Eating God in Medieval Drama: A short talk from New Generation Thinker Daisy Black

The Barbour Room

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Eaten by characters, dotted around the stage as saliva-prompting props, or nibbled by audiences – a medieval religious drama is glutted with food. But Christianity’s vision of God as spiritual nutrition could provoke horror and fear as well as hunger.

New Generation Thinker Daisy Black examines some of the gristly, crunchy medieval episodes of culinary performance to investigate the relationship between faith and food. In one play, sacramental bread is attacked in a kitchen, drawing disturbing parallels between the eucharist and cannibalism.

Daisy Black lectures in English at the University of Wolverhampton and performs as a storyteller and freelance theatre director.

Come and hear this recording of an episode of BBC Radio 3’s The Essay with a chance to ask questions about the topic.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select 10 academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

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