One for the Fawlty Towers Fans! The Faulty Towers Dining Experience has been running for years at the Adelaide Fringe (and for good reason). The evening is an immersive experience, with the audience being treated like guests at the infamous Fawlty Towers Hotel.
Confusion reigns between Basil and Manuel (who are both excellently portrayed) before you even enter the dining room as the two fumble about the crowd, trying to sort out seating arrangements for the 100 or so guests.
Inside the dining room, you're served a (very tasty) 3-course meal by the actors and wait staff, all while the show goes on around you.
False teeth are found in soup, Manuel ends up on a table and Mrs Faulty does her best ear pricing singing performance.
The show is enjoyable, the meal tasty, and the quality of the production very tight. Fans of John Cleese and Fawlty Towers will particularly enjoy the production, with one couple at our table attending for the 5th year in a row.
The production could perhaps do with a better venue, the soulless conference room was a bit off-putting, as was the call out for charity donations at the end of the show which, although for a worthy cause, made both the actors and the audience alike feel a little awkward. A shame to finish such a good show this way.
The Faulty Towers Dining Experience is currently showing for The Adelaide Fringe but can be found touring at other festivals and venues throughout the year.