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Review of Journey to the Underworld, an immersive food and theatre experience

15th October 2018

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Review by Louisa Pumilia, Campus Media

In their most recent immersive experience, Funicular Productions welcomes passengers aboard a Journey to the Underworld.

With guests encouraged to enjoy what they hope will not be their last meal, Funicular Productions take guests on their descent to the underworld, from which they may never return.

Image: Journey to the Underworld

The journey begins at the abandoned Pedley Street Station where you are welcomed by the lovable Gordy - the conductor’s assistant who has been trapped for over 1000 years. Despite being trapped here for a fair while, Gordy has thankfully maintained his sense of humour.

Before the train arrives, there’s enough time to sip a theatrical, themed cocktail from the Deadly Sins Bar before being called aboard for what is promised to be a memorable adventure. The attention to detail throughout the venue is impeccable and the vintage train carriage is fully equipped to provide an intimate and immersive show experience.

The menu, which was designed by ‘Masterchef’ finalist Louisa Ellis, is a fantastic four-course meal which caters for both vegetarians and meat eaters. It is served throughout the evening and blends quite seamlessly into the performance, adding a wonderful element to the Journey to the Underworld.

Those looking for a unique dining experience with high-quality food and drink will not be disappointed. But, unfortunately, those who are looking for a deeper theatre experience could be left wanting more.

While the actors have you fully immersed from the moment that you enter, through posing as guests who are about to board the train alongside you, the performance itself lacks a horror-show edge. It definitely falls more into the category of comedy rather than creepy.

Journey to the Underworld runs until 4 November. To find out now and buy tickets, visit Funicular Productions' website here.

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