06.07.2019 - 01.10.2019

Food Wars: Battle on the Home Front – Touring show!

06.07.2019 - 01.10.2019

The Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary Project has now completed its touring exhibition and shows in partnership with Eastern Angles.


Food Wars: The Battle on the Home Front is a travelling exhibition exploring the relationship between conflict and food, and the impact on the British diet.

From the National Kitchens and rationing of World War One due to the submarine threat, to the Dig For Victory campaigns and Pig Clubs of World War Two, discover more about the battle for bread that took place on your doorstep. The touring trailer included original documents from East Anglia, in particular Suffolk and Essex, and unique archive footage to view from the Imperial War Museum archives.

As well as the exhibition trailer, Eastern Angles created two new performances based on food theme:

  • Oh, What A Lovely Food War is a lively music hall perspective on the first introduction into food rationing and the National Food Kitchens during the peak of the U Boat attacks and blockades.
  • Saving Our Bacon takes up the story in World War Two, when pigs in blankets were something very different and the black market was just around the corner. Real life memories have inspired the story of the home front which often is forgotten in the midst of war.


The Food Wars trailer with our Submariner or Eastern Angles shows travelled to a range of festivals and events this year:


Plus Oh, What a Lovely Food War and Saving Our Bacon  shows were toured across Suffolk and Essex including Sir John Mills Theatre, Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre, Walton, Brightlingsea, Dennington and Maldon, plus visiting schools, care homes and community venues. Details of the shows reviews and feedback can be found through the Eastern Angles website here.


“An entertaining and educational evening about a part of our history that might yet become more relevant than ever”

British Theatre Guide

“A marvellous evening’s entertainment”

Ipswich24 Magazine

“An informative and entertaining production”

Ipswich Town & Waterfront

“It’s moving, it’s entertaining, it’s interesting…what more do you want from a night out?”

Grapevine Magazine



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