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!