Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Wedding Dramaturgy: Alison Pollard-Mansergh @ Edfringe 2017

Edinburgh Fringe 2017
- by the producers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

The Wedding Reception: a comedy dining Experience at Edinburgh Fringe 

Packing more performances, more
surprises and more 5-star reviews, this interactive show from the makers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is indeed a ‘dream’ wedding reception to remember! 

Bride and groom, Will and Kate, are expecting a small and intimate party to celebrate their wedding - but Kate’s parents have planned something altogether different! Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet. This unbeatable theatrical dining experience invites audiences to become guests at an unforgettable wedding reception.  

The Wedding Reception at Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Venue 119: The Principal Edinburgh George Street – The Hanover Suite, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB (formerly The George Hotel) 

Dates & times: 3-27 August 2017 (not Mondays)
- Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun: 5:30pm (doors at 5pm).
- Saturdays: 5:30pm and 9pm (doors at 5pm and 8:30pm).
- Tuesdays: 2pm and 7pm (doors at 1:30pm and 6:30pm). 
Tickets – all tickets include a 3-course meal and 2-hour show:
- lunch Tuesday: £39.00pp.
- dinner Sunday-Thursday: £39.00pp.
- dinner Friday-Saturday: £43.00pp.

PG (occasional strong language and sexual innuendo)

What was the inspiration for this performance?

I wanted to create something that people could identify with and instinctively know the role of the audience in an immersive experience. Most people have experienced a wedding reception or have at least seen what happens

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

Yes, particularly more so in an immersive piece where you can watch and interact with the audience reactions.

How did you become interested in making performance?

I have grown up in theatre, and it has always been a part of my creative thinking.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

In an immersive piece like this, it is always about creating the show from the perspective of the audience experience. It is a journey for them just as much as it is telling a story.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

Yes, I believe that theatre can be a wonderful stress reliever when the audience is allowed to freely laugh and enjoy themselves.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

An incredible, fun 2 hours of laughter, mayhem and food as well.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

We wanted the audience to experience a roller-coaster journey that they completely believed in, so everything that we have created is completely within the realms of possibility … not all would happen at the same wedding reception though, as in this experience, but that is what theatre enables – the suspension of disbelief.

The Wedding Reception transports audiences to the kind of party most of us have been to, where worry over meeting strangers becomes fully-fledged fun. There’s even a 3-course sit-down meal – and dancing! So join the party. It’s a 2-hour comedy that’s immersive, highly improvised, and as interactive as the audience wants it to be, a rollercoaster ride full of fun, frolics… and more than a few surprises!

The Wedding Reception is an original piece devised, written and produced by Interactive Theatre International, the people behind Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

It features four actors in multiple roles; the cast at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 features Stacey Evans, Phil Oakland, Dave Tremaine and Rebecca Norris.

The Wedding Reception is a new show devised, scripted and produced by ITI. Its original format and storyline have been developed by Alison Pollard-Mansergh, ITI Artistic Director, together with two of the show’s performers, David Tremaine and Rebecca Norris, and further devised with Danielle Briers and Ben Hood. 

- Alison is also the show’s director, and has led ITI (and Faulty Towers The Dining Experience) since its start in 1997.

- The show had its Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2015, appearing again in 2016. It’s back in 2017 with a full season throughout August, again appearing in the fabulous 4-star luxury of Principal Edinburgh (formerly The George Hotel).

- After seven months in London Covent Garden, it is now on UK tour and will be touring Australia in October. 
- Interactive Theatre International is a registered trademark of Imagination Workshop Pty Ltd. 

1 comment :

  1. The event could not have gone more smoothly, and from my perspective, less stressfully. I was able to relax, let my hair down, and totally enjoy the party, and felt totally pampered and cared for by their manager. The food at Los Angeles wedding venues was excellent, and the floral were gorgeous and reasonably priced.