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Review: Gastronomic, Stage Two, Theatre Royal Norwich

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It is take off for a great new show from Norwich-based theatre company Curious Directive, who devised an environmentally-themed play Frogman at Stage Two last year which used virtual reality to tell the story.

This time, they use food! Hurrah! You board an Airbus 380 flight from Lebanon to London in 2021 where, as three chefs prepare food for their passengers, you hear their stories.

And you get to enjoy a five-course tasting menu from Norwich restaurants Benedicts, Shiki, The Assembly House and Namaste, plus bread from Bread Source, again in the city.The dishes are exquisite and, as you are given headphones to wear, you can fully concentrate on the food in front of you. They are cutting edge, playing with techniques, textures and tastes.

This is an intimate and challenging theatrical experience, with around 40 in the audience, and just three in the cast who play a number of roles. The actual storyline is fairly straightforward, dealing with the international refugee situation, but it is how the plot plays with your senses and the intricacies of the dishes that delight.

The show continues until September 22. Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy

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