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Theatre Review: Gingerline's The Grand Expedition - A floating, feeding dream


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I had the opportunity to experience ‘The Grand Expedition’, the immersive dining experience produced by Gingerline, which has the apt tagline ‘a floating, feeding dream’.

Image credit: Rob Greig

It’s a fantastical adventure that I’d highly recommend to any immersive theatre lover. The Grand Expedition is full of mystery – even the location is kept secret until the day of the event – and all you’re told is that you can wear aviation gear if you so wish.

It’s a special experience right from the beginning. I’m greeted, given a beer that’s been personalised and then have my picture taken in front of a cloudy cartoon backdrop before I’m hustled through into the venue.

Image credit: Rob Greig

The dining room set-up is intimate and impressive. It immediately transports you into a dreamy space through slick projections, a custom-built infrastructure, and mood lighting.  Gingerline masters the environment to seamlessly integrate you into the production, and for a few hours you’re lost within a true sensory experience through poetry, performance and, of course, food.

Even the staff stay impeccably in character all evening. They dance, perform, and interact with the audience to ensure that you get caught up in the surrealist atmosphere. Initially, the staff seem a little bewildering and chaotic, nothing quite like what I’ve seen before, but they perfectly support the dreamy experience that Gingerline is trying to deliver.

Image credit: Rob Greig

Without giving too much away, the menu consists of five courses that coincide with the story – and it’s all delicious. The courses are kept a secret until just before they are delivered to your table. The attention to detail that Gingerline has paid here really makes this stand out as a special experience; even the delivery of the courses is creative.

I would recommend this dining experience to anyone who enjoys something a little bit different. It’s a little more on the expensive side, but well worth the ticket price. The evening was perfectly executed and, in my opinion, achieved its ambition of creating an escapist, magical journey full of food and fun for all who hop aboard.

Tickets for The Grand Expedition are available from the Gingerline website and are priced at £55.

Lead image credit: Rob Greig

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