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FURTHER FABULOUSLY FOUL MENU DETAILS REVEALED,
INCLUDING BESPOKE BEER CREATED WITH YEAST SWABBED
FROM ROALD DAHL’S WRITING CHAIR, FOR
DINNER AT THE TWITS
- Bompas & Parr and 40FT Brewery are creating a bespoke beer, Mr Twit’s Odious Ale, using yeast swabbed from Roald Dahl’s writing chair
- Brave guests attending Dinner at the Twits can also expect enticing aperitifs by Bompas & Parr garnished with nettles, thistles and scented helium balloons
- The banquet will include Glowing Hug Tight Glue, Treasures of the Compost Heap and Bird Pie – Your Night of a Thousand Claws
- The Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern will offer questionable cocktails and tantalising tinctures at The Vaults from 6pm daily
The award-winning team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Game’s Afoot, in association with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr, are delighted to announce further menu details and casting for Dinner at the Twits, a gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience from 4 September – 30 October at The Vaults, London.
Bompas & Parr are working with 40FT Brewery to create a bespoke beer for Dinner at the Twits, Mr Twit’s Odious Ale. With the permission of the Roald Dahl Estate, they have taken a swab from Roald Dahl’s writing chair, from which they will culture the native yeast and use it to brew all the beer for the event.
Mr Twit’s Odious Ale will be brewed to the Polish Grätzen style with oak smoked wheat malt – but instead of the original Grätzen yeast, the beer will be fermented with a standard ale yeast followed by a wild yeast recovered from Roald Dahl’s writing chair for a secondary fermentation. A light golden colour with a relatively high carbonation, Grätzen is sometimes known as Polish Champagne.
Harry Parr, of Bompas & Parr, said: “A surprising number of our previous activations have been inspired by Roald Dahl in some way or other – from our chocolate waterfall, to our boat ride on a lake built above Selfridges, to our Artisanal Chewing Gum Store – so it’s been a delight to work directly with the Roald Dahl Estate and, indirectly, one of the best loved storytellers of all time, in his centenary year.
“By incorporating wild yeast cultured from inside Roald Dahl’s writing chair in our beer to accompany Dinner at The Twits, it feels like we are injecting his own dark humour and effervescent sense of fun into the brew.”
Steve Ryan, of 40FT Brewery, said: “We’ve been lifelong fans of Roald Dahl and so it’s an honour to be collaborating with our friends Bompas & Parr to create this beer together.”
Oliver Lansley, of Les Enfants Terribles, said: “Creating the world of the Twits is a dream come true for me. Roald Dahl is the reason I fell in love with stories as a child and it’s not hard to spot his influence on all of Les Enfants Terribles’ work. We are thrilled to finally be collaborating with real life Willy Wonkas Bompas & Parr, and we can’t wait to invite you all to this deliciously disgusting dinner party.”
Every guest will be treated to 90 minutes of entertainment from the worst hosts ever, as created by Les Enfants Terribles theatre company. Curious canapes and prickly cocktails will be served straight from Mr Twit’s ghastly garden.
The Twits Garden Spritz consists of wild nettle and thistle-infused Aperol, wild strawberry vermouth, prosecco and soda, garnished with nettles and thistles – straw optional! – while The Terrible Shrinks is a Roly Poly Bird berry and orange vodka topped with soda, garnished with a scented helium balloon.
Internationally renowned for creating compelling, inspiring and highly memorable gastronomic experiences, Bompas & Parr have developed a menu to intrigue the adventurous and tantalise the tastebuds. The banquet will include Wormery LIVE, Glowing Hug Tight Glue, Treasures of the Compost Heap, Bird Pie – Your Night of a Thousand Claws and Bloater Paste, all washed down with half a bottle of superb bag-in-box wine from St. John Wines and followed by perilous puddings.
Premium ticket holders will also receive an additional fizz cocktail on arrival prepared by the mixologists at Bompas & Parr, a bar of Mr Twit’s personally smoked chocolate, a cup of Mrs Twit’s home brew in the Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern and a copy of the limited edition Dinner at the Twits programme, which includes exclusive recipes from Bompas & Parr.
Artisan chocolate bars will be provided by the renowned chocolatiers Rococo Chocolates, who are creating a very special smoky chocolate bar for Mr Twit. Mr Twit’s Beardy Bar will combine Rococo’s scrumptious house blend of milk chocolate with (freshly beard picked) cereal, banana, yoghurt, lapsang souchong tea and honey. Any Twit would love it!
Mr & Mrs Twit will graciously open up the Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern in The Vaults to those too timid to try their culinary cornucopia. From 6pm, come in and relax in the Muggle-Wumps’ topsy turvy turnabout world with questionable cocktails and tantalising tinctures.
Mr Twit will be played by Chris Barlow. Chris is a highly skilled actor and puppeteer with a wealth of experience across stage and screen. His theatre credits include Flat Stanley (Hull Truck/Polka Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Illyria) and Robin Hood (Oxford Playhouse). Most recently, Chris puppeteered various characters for Series 3 of the Working Title productionYonderland and some of his work can also be seen in the Warner Bros. feature film, Jack the Giant Killer.
Mrs Twit will be played by Lizzy Dive. Lizzy has previously worked with Les Enfants Terribles onThe Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory and Alice’s Adventures Underground. Her other theatre credits include Twelfth Night and The Tempest for Aquila (USA No 1 Tour), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Illyria) and The Pier (Oxford Playhouse).
Les Enfants Terribles’ previous work includes multi-award-winning, international stage shows, including The Trench, The Terrible Infants and The Vaudevillains.
Dinner at the Twits is produced by Les Enfants Terribles and ebp, with delicious gastronomy from Bompas & Parr, in association with Creature of London, directed by Emma Earle, adapted by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo, and designed by Samuel Wyer.
Dinner at the Twits
The Vaults, Waterloo
4 September – 30 October 2016
Press performance: Wednesday 14 September at 19:15
Tickets priced at £80-£110 available from www.twitsdinner.com / 0844 248 1215
90 minutes, no interval
Minimum age 16+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Some dietary requirements will be catered for if notified in advance, please contact [email protected]
Tuesday & Wednesday: Standard: £80 Premium: £100
Thursday: Standard: £85 Premium: £105
Friday & Saturday: Standard: £90 Premium £110
Sunday Brunch: Standard: £75 Premium: £95
All prices will include a £1.50 booking fee on the website
Standard tickets: Over 90 minutes you will be given a prickly cocktail aperitif, eat gruesome hors d’oeuvres, hunt for concealed canapes, brave a baroque bird pie banquet and potentially perilous pudding in the windowless dining room, all served with ½ bottle of wine or non-alcoholic drinks.
Premium ticket: Premium ticket holders will also receive an additional fizz cocktail on arrival prepared by the mixologists at Bompas & Parr, a bar of Mr Twit’s personally smoked chocolate, a cup of Mrs Twit’s home brew in the Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern and a copy of the limited edition Dinner at the Twits programme, which includes exclusive recipes from Bompas & Parr.
Groups of 10 or more benefit from a reduced booking fee of £1 per ticket.
Groups of up to 9 people are able to book their tickets online. Larger groups must be booked by calling 0844 248 1215.
Exclusivity of the show at Premium rate can be booked for 80 people. Tickets must be booked on 0844 248 1215. Tickets include banquet, wine or non-alcoholic drinks with dinner, two cocktails, programme and chocolates.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday evenings:
6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm
12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm
12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm
The Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern
The Vaults, Waterloo
4 September – 30 October 2016
Free entry and open to the general public
From 6pm – late
Tuesday – Saturday