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Fadó Productions at Harvest


Harvest Food Heritage Animation 2013, The Hungry Hordes

The Harvest Food Festival provided the perfect opportunity for Fadó Productions to animate Waterford’s rich food heritage last weekend. The pop up style performance, with familiar characters from the city’s diverse history, entertained and educated audiences during four performances of ‘The Hungry Hoardes’. The ten minute piece took place on The Mall in front of the Theatre Royal on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September. It brought to life the story of the rasher, the cream cracker and the blaa – foods synonymous with Waterford.  The narrator, who also played the Friar, introduced Aoife McMurrough, Strongbow, King John, William Jacob and Pierre Durand (a French Huguenot). The history of their association with Waterford was relayed as each of the three competing characters encouraged audience members to choose them to give the hand of Aoife to Strongbow in the wedding ceremony set to take place. Rashers in blaas and buttered cream crackers were distributed to the audience by costumed serving girls as locals and tourists watched, listened and learned. Invariably, the Quaker, William Jacob was chosen. The history of the Quakers in this city is a noble and distinguished one. Waterford is the home of the Cream Cracker, invented by Jacobs Biscuits which was set up on Bridge Street in Waterford in 1881. An audience member remarked “What a wonderful way to learn about Waterford’s history and to see it on the street… I knew the story of Strongbow and Aoife but wasn’t aware of the stories associated with the foods….thanks Fadó.”


Waterford Today, 18/09/2013