Dinner is Swerved (3 stars)

It’s a feast for the senses, pending good company and a taste for adventure


This article is from 2013.

Dinner is Swerved

The definition of theatre is becoming more open, leading to works like Dinner is Swerved. Having more in common with a surrealist happening or a middle-class dinner party than Shakespeare or Pinter, this late night party serves food with short sketches between course: the performance happens in the conversation between the audience members.

Sitting next to a boring couple who spend the entire evening talking about themselves can make Dinner is Swerved a chore: fortunately, the interludes are amusing - a conversation expert guiding the guests, a series of fun exercises to focus the senses - and the food excites through its strangeness. It’s inoffensive and oddly palatable, despite the weirdness of its appearance.

Dinner is Swerved is part of a trend in theatre to find new ways to communicate: attention is directed back to the audience, and the experience is more important than the show. It is a risky strategy - conversation can feel like a lost art - but the company provide enough entertainment to make this more than a mere curio.

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Dinner is Swerved

  • 3 stars

Food For Thought. The multisensory dining adventure! On tonight's menu: Trompe l'oeil dishes. The British public. Edible shrubs. Tactile illusion. Double entendre. Synesthesia. Audible courses. Pan-fried reverie. Top-quality original cuisine wonderfully complemented by live music, theatre and comedy. Come and join us…


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