The comedy trio, ‘The Sous Chefs’ have been travelling all over the UK performing and making the crowds happy with their minimized sets and chef’s uniforms. Adrian Mealing, Jim Houden, and William Tooby who make up the group, began performing musical numbers, comedy routines, and storytelling for audiences in outdoor venues. While the group has minimal musical and improve training, they are able to work together to put on innovative shows in courtyards, small theatres, halls, and larger indoors venues that allow more people to attend.
"There have been some changes over the year, but the theme is basically the same. We've never been in Rosehall before, but this is an enchanting, wonderful place, deep in the forest, and the audience appear like magic,” said Mealing, who takes care of organising events and is considered the agent in the group. The other two members coordinate performance routines and musical numbers.
Wearing chef’s uniforms add to the magic and realism of the show. Stories begin in the kitchen and go from there. Since having performed outdoors, the cast has learned to use props sparingly. Props are usually hidden next to the refrigerator or hidden underneath the uniforms. Backdrops and other props are just not necessary when watching the three men on stage. They are able to create a world just by talking or singing about it.
While two of the men hold down day jobs, the group enjoys performing together and will continue to do so. Wearing chef’s uniforms and other costumes helps them become characters that have struck a chord with audiences all over the UK.
(c)Greg Olsen, www.sxc.hu