Salt in the Sugar Jar

Nikesh Shukla

Sat 16-Mon 18 May

Wed 20-Sun 24 May

(no show Tues 19 May)

In 2010, when my mother died, I was clearing out the freezer to make room for dishes sent by well-wishers and I found some of her old curries. My sister and I ate them. They were the last things my mum ever made that we would taste. They conjoured her briefly, in our minds. I then realised that I never learnt to cook like her, because she wouldn’t write the recipes down. To conjure my mum, I began learning to cook her dishes with my relatives, all burnt pans, sliced fingers and misshapen rotis. This is the story of that journey.

Based on Nikesh’s award winning autobiographical novella, The Time Machine, Salt in the Sugar Jar invites you into an intimate storytelling performance that combines the preparing, cooking and sharing of food with a funny and bitter-sweet reflection on memory, family and grief.

And yes, there will be food.

Nikesh Shukla is a Bristol based writer of fiction and television. This is his first work for theatre. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and his most recent novel Meatspace is out now and according to The Guardian ‘Like Douglas Coupland’s Generation X, this novel captures a cultural moment’. The Time Machine, the novella on which Salt in the Sugar Jar is based won Best Novella at the Sabotage Awards.

Salt in the Sugar Jar is commissioned by MAYK and Theatre Bristol with additional support from Asian Arts Agency. Supported using public funding through Arts Council England.

Due to the location of this performance there will be a limited capacity.

Advanced booking is essential

Tickets will be available to buy from Bristol Old Vic Box Office or online up until an hour before the show is due to start. Following this, tickets will be available to buy on the door (cash only) subject to availability. Please check the website for updates.

Location revealed upon booking
Start Date
May 20, 2015
End Date
May 24, 2015
7.30pm, 3pm (Sun 17 & 24 mat)
Running Time
60 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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