Taking over Aviva Studios throughout summer 2024, Marshmallow Laser Feast’s kaleidoscopic, immersive new exhibition Sweet Dreams invites visitors inside the bizarro world of a fading fast-food empire for an interactive odyssey through consumer habits and the modern food chain.

Presented as a blend of cinema and animation, Sweet Dreams promises to captivate die-hard foodies, seasoned cinephiles and culture enthusiasts alike with the ultimate ‘surreal snack’. Ahead of the launch, Factory International offers a range of special visitor discounts and group offers available on selected days throughout the week.

Running from Thu 11 Jul to Sun 1 Sep, the irreverent spectacular takes you inside the Real Good Chicken Company’s headquarters, where the jaded and washed-up in-house mascot Chicky Ricky (voiced by viral comedian Munya Chawawa) seeks to understand a world that has left both him and his junk food franchise to decay, and uncover what people really want in a society without reheated fries and turbocharged E-numbers.

Visitors will experience the fantastical visual barrage as workers in the cartoonish factory, test subjects in the human appetite research department and more, as the exhibition unfolds in a maelstrom of absurdity across six rooms charting the company’s golden era to its eventual collapse.

Alongside Chawawa, a decorated cast of voice actors breathe life into a host of other characters, including sidelined mascot Penny Peckish (voiced by comedian and impressionist Morgana Robinson) and The Boss (voiced by comedian Reggie Watts).

This multi-sensory experience takes over Aviva Studios for Summer 2024 and is cooked up in collaboration with award-winning writer and former chef Simon Wroe, with art direction by French artist mcbess.

Inspired by this year’s marquee exhibition, renowned writer and chef Ruby Tandoh joins Factory International as editor-in-residence to explore the alternative realities of food, interrogating food systems in a series of essays which span the past, present, future and even virtual worlds of food as we know it. She has also commissioned five distinctive voices to ask how we can think differently about our systems and approaches to food consumption.

Special offers

First Friday Fiver (Fri 12 Jul) – All Tickets £5
Previews & Tuesdays (Thu 11-Tue 16 Jul) £15
Wednesdays & Thursdays £20

A few of you coming along? Save on dough with a group ticket.
4 people for £44
6 people for £66
8 people for £88

Available Wednesday-Sunday only. Choose any combination of tickets and your discount will be applied automatically on checkout.

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A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Thu 11 Jul - Sun 1 Sep, Aviva Studios,
Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 8 Jul 2024