Beauty and the Feast – the latest immersive supperclub event from Darling & Edge and Grub Club. A magical synthesis of theatre performance and a feast fit for a beast. Entrenched in The Vaults – Waterloo’s subterranean alternative theatre home. This event had a lot to live up to, following Darling and Edges’ eccentric and enticing sets at Alice Adventures Underground and Gingerline.
We entered from the Leake Street tunnel entrance, a dark and graffiti-laden secret passage leading us through the magic mirror. The fairy tale vibe had began, as we found ourselves immersed in Pantoland, an extravagant world filled with a jumble of vintage furniture, theatre sets, neon signs, wigs and a disco ball. Guests were dressed in their best French fashion, as we sipped on perfectly named cocktails, which set the tone for the night ahead. Whilst Fairy Liquid, the compere of the evening, and mystical friends mingled their way through the audience.
Fairy Liquid lead us through a secret passage into a theatrical feast like no other – a gluttonous banquet, serving up dishes like blue cheese cheesecake, venison sausages, a delicious beetroot salad and oozing stuffed pumpkin, it was tasty and plentiful. The dining space was decorated elaborately, as chandeliers hung from each corner of the room aligning the long dinner party tables beneath. For dessert, we were served meringue mushrooms with spiced ginger jelly and coconut ice cream, as the story unfolded around us.
The final interlude saw Belle and the Beast avoiding each other, whilst Fairy Liquid was insistent on getting them together alongside the encouragement of the audience. The climax of the night was suitably raucous (and alcohol fuelled), as Belle climbed up onto the dinning table to perform a striptease, dancing to pop anthems including a very well received rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I wanna dance with somebody’. Fairy Liquid then led the audience back downstairs where people were free to drink some more and dance into the night.
Beauty and the Feast takes place from 6th October – 14th January 2018 at The Vaults. Tickets cost from £45 and can be purchased here.
Words by Katie Louden.