Most of the time on Space In Your Case you’ll find us talking about things to do with your family. But we think Mums and Dads deserve a night off occasionally, so we like to tell you about shows only the grown-ups will appreciate. One such event is The Wedding Reception, an interactive drama and dining experience that is guaranteed to be the most bizarre, yet most hilarious night out you’ve had in ages. Penned and performed by a small, unusual theatre group, the production takes place not in a traditional theatre, but in restaurants, hotels and function rooms across the country (it’s currently in London at the Kingsway Hall Hotel), which is part of it’s interactive premise.
On arrival at The Wedding Reception you’ll be greeted in the bar by a real mix of people for pre-dinner drinks. Some guests throw themselves wholeheartedly into the experience, and we spotted fascinators, cravats, and peach skirt suits dotted around the reception area. The drink of choice is, of course, sparkling, and you quickly spot that one or two of the guests are not as ordinary as you might think.
Keep in mind that The Wedding Reception team also produce the Faulty Towers Experience, and what happens next will all make complete sense. A debacle with the canapés, a ruined ice-sculpture, and a stressed maître d’ all serve to warm up your sense of humour ready for the main event. As you hunt out your place setting on the wedding tables, and get to know your fellow guests, the father of the bride passes round photos of his insalubrious B&B, while his wife offers custard creams. Chat for long, and you’ll find yourself part of the act, as mum wants to know how you met the bride.
What follows next is a truly side-splitting catalogue of misadventure typical of the worst kind of weddings. Uninvited guests, secret girlfriends and over-intoxication all set the cat amongst the pigeons of the perfect wedding. And the best man’s speech is most definitely the funniest we’ve ever witnessed. We danced with the father of the bride, others were propositioned by the best man, and members of the ‘audience’ became cake makers, dress designers, and bridesmaids, complete with hen night sashes and tiaras. This is not a show for the shy and retiring.
We came home with aching jaws from laughing so much. If you like a bit of slapstick, and you’re not shy, go. You’ll love it.
Our tickets for The Wedding Reception were complimentary for the purpose of this review. Tickets cost £43pp. Visit The Wedding Reception for more information.