The Wedding Reception review at George Hotel, Edinburgh – ‘riotous’
It's no longer enough to simply engage in a piece of immersive theatre, audiences are expecting a three-course meal too. At least, that's the motivation behind the ticket price for The Wedding Reception, the latest offering from the team who created Faulty Towers: the Dining Experience. Intellectual property notwithstanding, this catered affair has a far more universal appeal, a greater opportunity for guests to join in and there is no shortage of laughs on the menu.
The set up is pretty straightforward. Kate and Will can't really afford a big flashy wedding, so they are tying the knot in a registry office in town. Unbeknown to them, Kate's parents have organised a surprise reception incorporating the services of a freshman wedding planner, who has promised that Elton John will appear to perform a set. The chaotic antics that occur once Kate and Will arrive are smartly scripted, although improvisation is a key tool that each of the four actors excel at.
Weddings invariably throw a bunch of strangers together and this is where art really mirrors life. Immersed in the event, guests are thanked for their attendance, served a meal and witness episodes of dad-dancing, awkward speeches and painfully embarrassing in-laws.