Ambassadors Hotel – Balcony, Sat Feb 14
As expected, this is not your average dining experience! Starting with pre-dinner drinks in the charming 19th Century bar, Manuel cracks us up with his nut serving antics. Before long Basil bossily directs us into the dining room of chaos, and Sybil snorts and sneers as she swans around and greets the diners. It’s engaging from the very first moment, and we willingly enter into the hilarity that is ‘Fawlty Towers’.
Sybil makes sure we don’t have any food allergies (one guest mentions mushrooms), and not one to resist an opportunity to put her husband down, she tells us Basil is no longer a ‘fun-ghi’. Quick with her ad-libbing, the sharp tongued Sybil is ‘in your face’ with her peals of laughter and snorting – so reminiscent of the original skit. Manuel’s language barrier is showcased with clever misinterpretations, and we soon have bread rolls thrown at guests (“Don’t say ’yes’ if you can’t catch”), Manuel rolling on the floor, and the handing out of butt-hers is another opportunity to insult the diners! It’s interactive, and cleverly combines physical theatre with comedy.
Our first course arrives, and the food is impeccable – but not the service! Manuel is the best at bad manners as he clears the table or offers a diner some cutlery to ‘fork’ him while he serenades and performs a matador dance. Basil lives up to all your expectations, with lots of slapstick comedy, pained expressions and even a bit of a Hitler walk.
Be prepared for the unexpected, and keep your eyes peeled for action all around you! This is a great tribute show with loads of belly laughs, and combined with the wonderful meal at the Ambassadors, it’s a must see at the Fringe this year.
Karen Bailey & Terry Izatt
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience continues at Ambassadors Hotel – Balcony until Sun Mar 15.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.