A third generation cook, it is hardly surprising that The Big Pan Man regards food as a valid medium for creative expression. In 1995 he wrote ‘Work of a frivolous nature’, a performance piece, which explored the changing relationship between cartoon characters Butch & Sylvester, following the death of Tweety Pie. The piece was performed only once by The Big Pan Man (Mark Renn), Mick Thacker and Annie Lambert.
“We fight on, knowing that there is no territory to be conquered, only glory for glory’s sake. Until the end – the bitter end - or dinner time, whichever is sooner…”
The climax of the piece was the realization, by Butch & Sylvester, that their reason for perpetual conflict had died along with Tweety Pie and that they needed to re-draw themselves. By a process of word association they finally concluded that they would become turtles. The costumes for this transformation were two giant woks, which they bought from a chinese supermarket.
For many years the woks hung unused in the studio but in 2006 a friend, who was dying of cancer, expressed a desire to host a fund-raising event for Macmillan nurses, in his garden. Mark offered to help by cooking a vegetable curry in one of the giant woks. The dish was a great success and on the back of this, Mark was asked to cater for 150 people as at a wedding. He rose to the challenge and further invitations to cater for various events followed. In 2009 Mark decided to start a business specializing in outside catering, ‘The Big Pan Man Ltd. was formed in May 2009 and is growing in size, catering at events around the country.
You can see more of The Big Pan Man’s alter ego Mark Renn at www.rennassociates.co.uk