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Howick Village Radio 88.1FM Listen online www.howickvillageradio.co.nz Dining and Leisure with Helen Perry By Jon Rawlinson It’s not often that diners wish staff would ‘break a leg’, but, as myself and a few dining companions recently discov- ered at the opening night of the Fawlty towers Dinner theatre experience, it’s possible to wish for the worst and expect the best! the General store Restaurant & Bar in Whitford set the stage for actor’s cooperative, Corporate Entertainment, to play out an interactive show, with characters and events inspired by the hit 1970s UK sitcom, Fawlty Towers. the cast included Carey Fern (sybil), John MacDonald (Manuel) and writer, Ken samson, as Basil. When I spoke with Carey a few days later, she said the team was very happy with how the opening night went. “We all felt it fowed very well and the audience were great to work with. the audience participation was just right. In fact, this is one of the reasons we chose the General store. the restaurant seats around 65 comfortably and this makes for a great show for everyone. ” And the owners of the Whitford restaurant were equally pleased, Carey said. “I have spoken with tony at the General store and he was very happy with the evening. He is defnitely looking forward to more shows.” While we enjoyed the antics of Basil, Manuel and sybil, one regular member of the Fawlty fam- ily was missing. We thought it a pity that there was no Polly in the cast. When asked on the night where Polly was, ‘sybil’ quickly responded that she had been, “given the night off!” However, as Carey later explained, there were no plans to add the artful waitress from the tV show to the troupe. “With two characters like Basil and Manuel, we felt that there was only a need for one ‘straight’ act and sybil is the most outstanding from a comical point of view.” the consensus around our particu- lar table on the night was that although ‘Basil’ was a little less obnoxious than the ‘real thing’ – perhaps for the bet- ter! – actor, Ken, did do the hot-headed hotelier justice, considering the huge Cleese-sized shoes he needed to fll. And ‘Manuel’? Well, he was more than just o- qué too; maybe a little off the mark at time, but an extremely enthusi- astic player none-the-less. In terms of character tone and man- nerisms, Carey had sybil’s number; so, I was not surprised to later learn that she’s a big fan of the iconic tV show. “I’ve watched the episodes many, many times! I was brought up with Fawlty Towers, so it’s a real pleasure hav- ing the opportunity to play her (sybil). I hope I do her proud,” Carey said. Companions and I were a little disap- pointed by the meal on the night. the chef was obviously out of ‘waldorfs’, the duck was off, the kippers had ‘expired, and, if there was a doctor in the house, he would have gone without sausages (again!), as none of these dishes, referenced in the show, featured. Perhaps more col- laboration between the actors and venue owners would have provided a few more laughs. How- ever, the two- course Christmas buffet was satisfyingly festive. that said, all in all, we enjoyed an interesting, ‘rib- tickling’ night with Carey and her crew. Although the remaining per- formances for 2012 have sold out, those keen on a quirky din- ner out need not be disappointed, the Fawlty team is expecting to return to the General store with fresh antics early in the new Year and a night out with entertain- ment is, indeed, a rare treat these days. A Torquay-ed about evening The Fawlty Towers cast -- Basil (Ken Samson), Sybil (Carey Fern) and Manuel (John MacDonald).
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