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The Wedding Reception review at George Hotel, Edinburgh – ‘riotous’

The cast of The Wedding Reception.

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 [1]. 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. 

Verdict
Riotous immersive theatre that captures the mood perfectly

Production Information

Production
The Wedding Reception
Venue
George Hotel
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 4, 2016
Ends
August 28, 2016
Authors
Rebecca Norris, David Tremaine, Danielle Briers, Ben Hood
Director
Alison Pollard-Mansergh
Set
Alison Pollard-Mansergh
Costume
Alison Pollard-Mansergh, Rebecca Norris, David Tremaine
Cast includes
Rebecca Norris, Dave Tremaine, Jack Baldwin, Katie Cooper
Producer
Interactive Theatre International
Running time
2hrs