Right from the start, you knew that The Last Supper wasn’t going to be your ordinary, everyday theatre experience.
Or your average night out at a fine restaurant, for that matter.
Nope, this was dinner theatre with balls and thistles. And you just knew someone was going to get hurt. Badly.
The first sign that this was going to be a different kind of night was the simple fact that the tables and chairs spread out across The Whale just happened to extend to the stage. And behind that table, the big screen pulsed, ready to pounce.
The blur between reality and art got a further kick in the fourth wall when the fictional manager of Sal’s restaurant began addressing us factual diners directly, as he struggled to appease a grumpy crime boss out for a family meal to celebrate his impending grandfatherhood. A celebration interrupted by the increasingly fraught search for the restaurant’s missing-presumed-squealing singer, and menacing claims of foul play from a rival boss.
Being part live drama, part big-screen cinema and part, eh, three-course meal, this ambitious production manages to be just about all things to just about all theatre-goers. And lovers of fine food.
Taking the interactive theatre experience to a whole new level, The Last Supper served up a night full of magical moments and, it has to be said, a few missed opportunities.
This was the first night – a world premiere! – after all, and the few rough edges were perhaps inevitable, as the mind often raced ahead of the traditional mob drama plotting. Notes will be taken, lessons will be learned, and improvements will no doubt be made.
That The Last Suppersold out its three-night run at The Whale is testament to the intrigue though that such a bright idea can spark.
And the man with that bright idea is Kamal Ibrahim, the TV presenter, filmmaker and model here making the move into producing. The Scarface-inspired outline of a crime boss finding his blood family‘s big night being somewhat hampered by his other, blood-splattered, family was handed to writer/director Jason Branagan to flesh out, and the man has certainly delivered plenty of bangs for the audience’s buck.
The hope is, of course, that The Last Supper will travel beyond The Whale, out onto stages around the world, and it would be wonderful to see that happen over the coming months. For now, Greystones was lucky enough to get the very first servings.
You can find out more in our recent interview with Kamal here, and on The Last Supper Facebook page here.
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