Live Performance

CPP Hounslow Presents the Chromatic Dinner

Company: Creative People and Places Hounslow
Running Time: 01 October 2021 7.30pm (180 minutes) No Latecomers
Price: £30 per Seat (minimum two seats)

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About this event

Please note that due to the immersive nature of this show we have a strict no latecomers policy, please arrive at least five minutes before the event start time.

Tickets for this event will close at midnight on Thursday 30th September 2021.

A unique immersive dining experience at Watermans for one night only.

We are all familiar with how food tastes in our mouths, but can we also experience food through a different sense? Can you feel the sound of water, the smell of metal, the taste of fire or the texture of earth? Artist Martin Butler and five Hounslow based artist collectives present the Chromatic Dinner. Inspired by the Chinese five elements, each course is designed in a different colour. As such, colour, smell, texture, sound and taste are all mixed together in this fully immersive dining experience.

The Chromatic Dinner is a one of a kind immersive dining experience consisting of five courses, each course being based on one sense.

Five senses, five courses

This dining experience challenges the way food influences our emotions, sensations, thoughts, and associations. For the Chromatic Dinner, Martin Butler researched Synaesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience in another sense. As such, it questions if colour can create emotion, and if that emotion and colour can be enhanced by combining it with other senses. 

Every course is inspired by a different colour, corresponding to one of the Chinese elements: Tree, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Quoting synaesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience in another sense, this special evening holds many sensational surprises.

Creative contributors

Each of the artists and designers have contributed unique artworks – from handmade cutlery to spoken word pieces - using different colours, tastes, smells, textures, sounds, texts, and performative actions to create an abstract, emotional, and immersive journey.             

Martin Butler

Martin Butler is an interdisciplinary artist, and stage director. He was trained in Drama at Manchester University, and then later Choreography and Performance at the SNDO, in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. His work has always bridged and combined various disciplines, dance, theatre, music, film, performance, design, new media, and fashion, and through this interdisciplinary approach his work explores the new dramatic that the combination of different genres facilitate. Since 1998, he has been creating performance work at various theatres and festivals internationally.

Tale Be Told

Tale Be Told Theatre is an award winning theatre company based in Hounslow. They aim to shine a spotlight on the untold stories of people and communities in crisis.

Art Jar

Art Jar bring creative opportunities to communities. Their artists are qualified and experienced in delivering arts workshops in all sorts of settings. They are skilled, fun, friendly and passionate about sharing creativity.


TheInvisibleArt creates high-end storytelling that provides under-represented audiences a chance to see themselves reflected in a nuanced and entertaining way.

Poetical Word

Poetical Word are a poetry collective based in Hounslow since 2015. They run a very popular monthly open mic and have since developed a variety of workshops and events with organisations across West London.

Farah Qureshi

Farah Qureshi is a jewellery brand based in London and sold worldwide. She is inspired by botany and nature and her love of travel, from Kew gardens to the Australian outback.

Plates London

The food for the Chromatic Dinner will be provided by Plates London. A dedicated team of forward thinkers, exploring all sorts of creative outputs - putting nature, food and drink at the heart, Plates London create plant-based products and experiences. All food served will be vegan.

Kirk Haworth, chef and co-founder of plates London, leads the kitchen with unparalleled passion, inspired by his personal journey in food and 16 years perfecting his craft in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.

After winning the North West Young Chef of the Year award at 17, Kirk went on to work under the world's top chefs at The French Laundry, Restaurant Sat Bains, The Square, The Quay and Northcote.

His unique perspective nurtures a rare working environment for his team that focuses on balance and well-being, without compromising on taste or creativity. Taking all that nature has to offer, he delivers modern, plant-based food with high-end execution.

With a focus on sustainability for people and the planet, Kirk is now becoming a leading figure in British plant-based cookery.

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