Have you ever been to a restaurant where the whole night went horribly wrong? That is the premise of the Faulty Towers Dining Experience, a Melbourne Comedy Festival show based on the British hit sitcom Fawlty Towers. There wasn’t any waldorf salad, but we did get our fill of mayhem with chaos for dessert.
Basil, Sybil, and Manuel guided us through our three-course dinner where nothing went to plan. Bread rolls were thrown, fire extinguishers were blown, audience members were recruited to serve food. A piece of female lingerie mysteriously appeared from under a table, causing an awkward outburst between Basil and Sybil.
As we were escorted to our table, Sybil kindly informed us that drink service could be a bit irregular, and it was best to order a lot because occasionally the drinks simply never arrived.
The cast was on point – so closely aligned visually and in character to the actual actors from the original series, I couldn’t help but believe I was a guest at the real Fawlty Towers.
The interaction between the cast and audience was superb. Manuel (the highly incompetent Spanish waiter) frequented our table, topping up our wine glasses to the brim (only spilling a little) then proceeding to fill both of empty water glasses with vino as well.
During the main course he approached me exclaiming, ‘my skinny ass needs to be fed.’ He continued to banter on about his ass woes in broken English then asked if I wanted to see a photo. How do I respond to this? Before I could even raise an eyebrow, he withdrew a black and white Polaroid from his pocket displaying a skinny black donkey. ‘My sister, she has fat ass,’ he continued and once again produced a fat white donkey photo.
Entertaining is an understatement. The night has us rolling in laughter through all three courses. It’s a must see for any Fawlty Towers fans, or if you’re simply up for a bit of situational humour. The show ends on Sunday, so book in quickly!
Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back four years, and she still can’t get enough of this city! Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast, and aerial acrobat by night.
Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience runs 12-17 April at the Aegean. Contact the venue for accessibility information.
Check out our guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for more great shows.