- Lee Hall
- Pierre Maillet
- Louis-Charles Sirjacq, Frédérique Revuz
- Performed by
- Cécile Bournay, Matthieu Cruciani, Pierre Maillet, Anne-Élodie Sorlin
Pierre Maillet describes this play by Lee Hall as a dramatic comedy with musical intervals and tragic-comic cabaret. The story is seen through the eyes of a teenage lover of cupcakes, and it tells the tale of a family on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the sudden irruption into their lives of an itinerant baker-cum-lover. The piece evokes the disruptive angel of Pasolini’s Teorima as well as typically British comedy such as Monty Python and some of Ken Loach’s more light-hearted work, and the monologues of the paraplegic father, a former Elvis impersonator, relate his days in a second-rate club in the suburbs of Las Vegas while his wife and daughter hunt for lice in the kitchen. Cooking with Elvis is a bitter and ascerbic play featuring bitterly ironic dialogue that targets pre-conceived ideas and people’s tendency to reduce people and phenomenon to stereotypes.