By Laurie Ogden


Supported by Arts Council England, Roundhouse, Unity Theatre Liverpool and New Diorama
In partnership with Kelly’s Cause

Only 18.7% of chefs in the UK are women.

There are more women CEOs nationally than women Head Chefs.

The fish rots from the head.

Inspired by real interviews, Yes Chef follows two young women in a male dominated industry, exposing the reality behind closed kitchen doors.

We are now actively seeking production opportunities for Yes Chef. To request the sharing pack and/or video, please email producer Grace Dickson.

Creative Team & Cast

Writer Laurie Ogden
Director Hetty Hodgson
Designer Sascha Gilmour
Sound Designer Fran Amewudah Rivers
Lighting Designer Liz Barker
Movement Director Christopher Brown
Stage Manager Camille Koosyial
Dramaturgy Karla Marie Sweet
Access Consultant Kate Lovell
Producer Grace Dickson
Assistant Producer to Grace Dickson Rory Thomas-Howes

Cast Tania Nwachukwu and Laurie Ogden

Project History

Following a facilitated online reading via NSDF Spotlight, the team completed an Arts Council funded R&D of Yes Chef to interrogate the text, and to develop movement and design elements. This was presented in an industry sharing on 10th December 2021 in the Studio Theatre at Roundhouse. Our writer, Laurie, was also selected for script development sessions with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

In early 2022, we partnered with Kelly’s Cause to deliver subsidised Mental Health First Aid training to female hospitality workers, in order to promote better wellbeing in the service industries.

Photography Lidia Crisafulli