Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fawlty Towers - The 13th episode

We had a remarkably interesting and "different" dinner last week.

Tipped off by a friend, we bought 2 tickets for a dinner show in the theme of "Fawlty Towers".

We had the evening free, and we enjoy trying different things, so we went to this "show" with an open mind ... and we are so glad we did.

We were welcomed into a cocktail terrace for an aperitif and awaited the restaurant doors to open, but without warning, the “show" started.

A small man in a black trousers and a white jacket came out holding a serving tray and approaching all the guests. It was Manuel! He was carrying some peanuts in his tray and elegantly served us serviettes and strictly one peanut each! It's doesn't take a lot of imagination to know that Basil followed him out and started to correct him, and he was shortly followed by Sybil, in turn, correcting him!

These actors were great. They had an uncanny likeness to the original TV characters and they had the mannerisms, voices, accents and personal quirks of each down to a tee.

The trio ushered us into the dining room where we sat for dinner and what the organisers of the evening call "the 13th episode".

Throughout dinner, Manuel's antics were classic. Filling every glass in front of us with water (the water glass, the red wine glass and the white wine glass ... as he clearly had no idea what they were all for. He delivered our soup and then removed it swiftly when he realised he had another table to serve it to. He hid some main course dishes under the table when he found that he had brought too many out, and it went on and on ... it was hilarious!

Sybil played the straight role perfectly. Coordinating everything and chatting amongst the guests. A perfect hostess who carries the original donkey style laugh exactly as it was in the series.

And then there was Basil. What can I say? He sucked up to the posh guests and was unbelievably rude and abusive to those less polished. He made endless efforts to try and correct Manuel's mistakes and protect his own obvious errors from his ever nagging wife … including how he guided us all through a fire drill half way through dinner! He even rounded off a perfect evenings performance with the famous German walk.

This was a really entertaining and different night out. It's a shame it passed so quickly, but I applaud those who put it together and had the imagination to create it!

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