Hoodwink Theatre Company Review - Gastronomic

A week ago I had the pleasure of seeing the Hoodwink Theatre company perform Gastronomic.

The performance was in Fordingbridge park as part of the Fordingbridge Festival. The spirits of the audience were dampened as the weather was threatening rain and temperatures were poor for July. The weather kept the audience numbers low but we were spared a soaking (except from the performers) and the show went on.

I watched the show with a 3 year old and a 1 year old, both were mesmerised by the show and watched in amazement as it built to an epic finale.

Gastronomic consists of 2 waiters and a solitary diner, the serving of the meal is thwarted by flies in soup, exploding fish and my personal favourite - "FLAMBE!". The show starts as an Elegant restaurant scene and finishes with custard pie throwing and slapstick comedy.

The non verbal performance was funny and clever and was backed by a superb soundtrack. The props were expertly constructed and added so much to the visual effect of the show, the walking table was excellent. The performers were outstanding and they involved the audience excellently. Sitting only a few meters from the performance really added to your feeling of involvement with the show.

Gastronomic is classy, well performed and highly recommended entertainment for all the family.

HOODWINK was started in 1997 to create new visual theatre and cross-art form performance events that are innovative and accessible. To find out more about the Hoodwink Theatre Company visit Hoodwink Theatre

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