A faulty dinner date to remember

Sybil, Basil and Manuel will dish up some fun and mayhem.
Sybil, Basil and Manuel will dish up some fun and mayhem. / SUR
  • Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience will be a chaotic homecoming for a local actor

Those who seek a fine dining experience on the Costa del Sol have plenty of top notch restaurants from which to choose. However, those who enjoy their order being taken by a sabre-toothed tart with a braying laugh, or being served by an incompetent waiter and insulted by the owner can now reserve the ultimate dinner date.

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience is based on the BBC series, Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, and stars former Costa resident Oliver Harrison, who plays verbally and physically abused Manuel.

The popular interactive show is now heading to the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar and it promises to serve up first-class food in hilariously chaotic surroundings.

The original television scripts are not used, but the main characters are employed to full capacity. As one would expect, Basil is rude, Manuel confused, and Sybil, aside from doing as little as possible, asserts the authority.

The mayhem will take place during a three-course dinner, where pandemonium reigns from the first course to the coffee. Expect the unexpected, because, although the show is based on a theatrical script, most of it will be improvised.

"Every show really is unique as it is completely reliant on the audience's interaction, therefore most shows are memorable. Certainly when taking the show abroad lots of unpredictable moments occur," Oliver Harrison explained to SUR in English.

With over 21 years of critical and audience acclaim, this is one of the most successful interactive comedy shows of its kind. Admired by one million people worldwide, Oliver is exited about bringing the show to the coast.

Performing on home turf

"I have wanted to perform on home turf with this show for a long time now and am really pleased it is finally happening. I feel like the Costa has the right audience for our show. Also for me there is a sense of going full circle, as my acting career began here in my teens and I am returning having made a career for myself," the actor said.

Having trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Oliver developed a passion for theatre that defies convention. He grew up in Estepona during the 90s and went to The English International College (EIC) in Marbella.

"I went to college in Marbella and they had a really strong drama department. When I left school I did a couple of plays at the Salon Varietés in Fuengirola. I also did some supper theatre along the coast, which consisted of doing a play while people had their dinner, similar in some ways to what we are doing with Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, but also very different," Oliver points out.

He went on to specialise in slapstick and "physically expert stupidity" in solo and collaborative theatre. Oliver also has his own one-man show, Signor Baffo, which has been described as the "Monty Python for kids".

Serving up mayhem

The Faulty Towers dining experience, labelled by the UK press as "a two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation", is presented by Interactive Theatre International. Along with Oliver, the cast features two other British stage and screen actors: Donna Gray (Sybil) and Hayden Wood (Basil).

"Expect to be served up some mayhem by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Basil may be rude to you, Sybil may chew your ear off, and Manuel may not have a clue what you are asking of him, but he will do his very best to get it right," Oliver promises.