Dinner shows are hard to come by in Adelaide. We don’t have the likes of Dracula’s to provide that novelty niche experience. Where are we to go to fill our stomachs in a room full of laughter? Enter stage right, The Faulty Towers Dining Experience. A show that has become a Fringe staple over the years. This year they stake their claim at the Stamford Plaza. Basil, Sybil and Manuel look to show Adelaide once again why they are one of the most popular Dining shows in Australia.
A few words of warning for this show, it is an experience in every sense of the word. Audience participation will occur frequently, you will be involved in Basil’s hijinks and most importantly your sides will ache from laughter. The Faulty Towers Dining Experience is fast-paced and frantic leaving little time to catch your breath (and you may run around a bit).
The show itself chucks together a number of highlight moments from the original 1975 and 1979 hit Fawlty Towers. From Manuel and his pet rat to Basil and his gambling problem, fans of the show will recognise many of the spots that take place in the show. This doesn’t make it any less hilarious. Performers, Rob Langston (Basil), Rebecca Fortuna (Sybil), and Nicholas Richard (Manuel) embody their characters perfectly. It truly feels like you are bang in the middle of a Fawlty Towers episode.
From start to finish The Faulty Towers Dining Experience will keep you in hysterics. Even when the meals are served, the performing trio continue to interact and entertain. If you have been to dining shows before this may be one of the best to see. Especially if comedy is what you crave. You will not find another show like this any where during the Fringe and The Faulty Towers Dining Experience easily gives Dracula’s a run for it’s money.
Words by Jonathon Tonkin
Images by Ron Rutten