Eat The Street

Eat the Street is an intervention into the city, in which a group of kids are trained as restaurant critics, making stops at the cities most notable eateries. They are chauffeured to and from each restaurant to eat the meals, check out the washrooms, take notes, and size it all up. They will be feted and fed, charged with offering their brutally honest, uncensored opinions on the food, the service, the decor, and the charm of the waiters. For the mere cost of a meal, the public is invited to sit amongst the kids for a front-row view of the youthful connoisseurs. Responding to their own criteria, these creative critics collectively determine 25+ award categories, culminating in an uproarious Award Ceremony.

I loved the harshness of their criticism, the generosity at which they shared their thoughts – uninhibited and honest. It inspires children to engage with adults as equals and enables adults to embrace formal situations with a child like spontaneity.

Kaye Winwood, This is Tomorrow (2014)

Everyone appreciates the moment together. Adults feel childlike and free, and the kids enjoy seeing us look silly alongside them as equals.

Katherine Kavanagh, Exeunt Magazine (2016)

Presentation History

Live Art DK; Copenhagen, Denmark
Teatro di Sardegna; Cagliari, Italy
Fierce Festival; Birmingham, England
Cork Midsummer Arts Festival; Cork, Ireland
Curtain Razors, The Movable Feast; Regina, Canada
Up to You - Festival Internazionale della Creazione Contemporanea; Terni, Italy
PuSH International Performing Arts Festival; Vancouver, Canada
PuSH International Performing Arts Festival; Vancouver, Canada
Streets Alive Youth Festival; Launceston, Australia
Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West II; Toronto, Canada

Original Tour Credits

The Original Touring Production of Eat the Street for Parkdale Public School vs. Queen Street West II, Toronto in 2009 was:
Conceived and Directed by Darren O’Donnell
Produced by Petrina Ng & Darren O’Donnell
with School Collaboration by Parkdale Public School
and Chef Workshops by Nathan Isberg