Punters at Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience were lapping up the comic one liners from the characters made famous by John Cleese and the TV show, “Fawlty Towers”. To get the best out of your night, you would want to be a Fawlty Towers fan. I feel like casual viewers, like myself, may not feel they have got the best value for their Fringe dollar.
This show format has a glowing reputation and Perth audiences constantly flock to see it year after year and indeed, all over the world. The cast for Fringe World Perth 2016 features international touring actors; Karen Hamilton (Sybil); Geoffrey Reczek (Manuel); and Luke McGibney (Basil).
Manuel dished out plenty of slap stick comedy along with his hastily dumped spring onion garnish for the soup. While we’re on the topic, don’t expect too much from the food, the menu and meals are very basic. My Vegan alternative soup (pumpkin dishwater) was absolutely horrible, but that actually brought about one of my favourite moments for the night. Our host, Basil saw that my soup was untouched and came over to enquire about my satisfaction. Of course, he didn’t really care and after shouting at me for a while he tried some of my awful soup and then proceeded to spit it onto my side plate! It was totally appropriate and quite hilarious.
There is scripted dialogue but the characters spend plenty of time in between waiting on tables (there are “real” staff as well), interacting with the diners and improvising their way through some scenes with the audience.
The actors certainly gave their all, even spending about half an hour after the show finished to take photographs with diners. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening.
Interactive Theatre International presents
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Venue: Rigby's Bar - Basement | 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
Dates: until 21 Feb 2016
Tickets: from $99