I hopped aboard the good ship Hispaniola last Friday to experience the full force of Basil, Sybil and Manuel in the Faulty Towers restaurant. This wasn’t a strange dream brought on by too much stilton before bedtime, but an interactive dinner theatre performance from Faulty Towers: the Dining Experience.
After a five year run with rave reviews, Interactive Theatre Australia have taken their hilarious slapstick farce to its spiritual homeland, the UK, where the actors delighted, insulted and entertained their guests in equal measure.
Although Basil’s high-octane, goose-stepping performance was impressive, the show was stolen by a bumbling Manuel. His comical mangling of the English language set up the show’s funniest jokes, most memorably wailing ‘Why you wanna fork me?’ to an irate Basil.
From bread buns lobbed through the air to Manuel running riot with a fire extinguisher to the discovery of the chef’s false teeth in an unsuspecting diners’ soup, this is not a show for the faint hearted. Service was appalling and accompanied with a side order of good natured abuse. But fans of Fawlty Towers will revel in the opportunity to live through the mythical thirteenth episode of one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms.
Tickets available here.