Companion, noun. From the Latin com-, together with & panis, bread
This publication is a companion to with bread, a performance where the History of bread meets personal histories of migration. Over the course of the live performance, audience members take part in making flatbreads which are served, along with a seasonal stew, at the end of the evening. The story told in with bread traces the journey of this staple and heavily symbolic food from prehistory to Brexit Britain, via biblical times and the Arab Spring. with bread is in turn a poetic history lesson, an opportunity to listen to voices from the margins, and a baking class. with bread is an attempt to explore what it means to share a culture, to make community and to belong in an ever-changing and globalised world. In the context of heated debates around identity politics, with bread brings people together in a joyous celebration of diversity and difference.