The Guild of Cheesemakers

An artisan cheese, wine and bread tasting with a fictional narrative.

The Guild of Cheesemakers invite you to join them for their Annual Tasting.

At tables laid with crisp white cloths, you will taste a selection of artisan cheeses, wines and breads and learn from a panel of experts. Over the course of the evening, the gustatory effects will enhance your experience as you gradually uncover more about a mysterious, supernatural cheese.

The experience invites you to question the essence of life and, eventually, make a collective decision that could alter humanity forever.

This Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show was developed in collaboration with Emma Callander, supported by Arts Council England and Parabola Arts Centre. 

About the Production

The Guild of Cheesemakers is a Stand + Stare production with Emma Callendar. The show was first devised for Mayfest 2011, since then it has been developed and re-written thanks to an Arts Council England R&D grant and with support from Parabola Arts Centre.

The creation of this show has been a truly collaborative process. The company have worked together on the development of ideas, script, and production.


Emma Callander – Director
Lucy Heywood - Writer / Producer
Barney Heywood - Designer / Producer / Technician
Anna Barrett - Lighting Designer
Ali Heywood - Costumier / Stage Manager


Nina Kirkwood – Performer
Edward Rapley – Performer
Kesty Morrison - Performer
Saskia Portway – Musician (Cellist)
Jessica Macdonald - Musician (Cellist)

Initially devised in collaboration with  Naomi Said and Nick Young.

For each show there are guest experts. Current and past collaborators include Melissa and Henry Ravenhill from Woefuldane’s Dairy, Lyall from I. J. Mellis, Tom Charfield from Quickes Cheese, Ben Ticehurst from Trethowan’s Dairy, Philip Stansfield from Cornish Cheese Co, Tom and Trevor Herbert and Will Ugle from Hobbs House Bakery, Mark Newman from Mark's Bread, Emma Parkin from Emma's BreadPeter’s Yard, Demijohn, Sharpham Cheese & Wine, Matthew Eggens from Avery’s Wine Merchants.

Read the reviews

(please note the two reviews below relate to the first performance of the show before the re-development)

★★★★★ Original, different, and downright delicious.
— Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ The cheese is just a vessel for a bigger question.
— Broadway Baby