Paul Levy talks to Brian Mitchell and David Mounfield about The Ministry of Biscuits from The Foundry Group, which is currently on Tour. He also catches up with these legends of Brighton and reflects back on their long careers as writers, actors and comedy performers and even manages to get a word in edgeways.
“London, 1948 – The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson, a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.”
“40′s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the acclaimed, Carnegie-Medal-winning author, Philip Reeve, whose best-selling novel ‘Mortal Engines’ is currently being filmed by ‘Lord of The Rings’ director Peter Jackson, and the award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell(‘Those Magnificent Men’ and ‘Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks’), with a filmed section by international film-maker Ben Rivers. First performed twenty years ago to great acclaim, the Foundry Group is touring this well-loved show in a new production from winter 2017 through 2018, starring Murray Simon, Amy Sutton and Radio 4 regular David Mounfield.”