My family and I attended The Octagon Theatre on 9th April to see East is East, it was a fantastic evening, we had nor been here before so did not know what to expect. My husband made the bookings so the rest of us did not know about the unusual layout of a central stage surrounded by the tiered seating.
We booked a meal at Eight, the theatre restaurant, the menu included dishes themed to the play beef curry, onion bhaji, etc. The restauranr visually appears like a café but on theatre nights the tables are all pre booked, the restaurant is licenced but only serves bottled beers and ciders plus wine by the glass or bottle. The food was excellent our group orders all the Asian themed meals, onion bhaji, lime and coconut chicken skewers for starters, peanut beef curry with pilau rice and nann bread, spicy salmon fillet with sauteed potatoes and salad. The portion sizes were plentiful so much so no one could face a dessert. The meals were great value for money at £17 per head for two courses.
The performance of East is East was outstanding and one of the best we had seen, it was our first proper play previously we had only seen musicals, my son rated the play over the film version. The cast were small in number and moved the scenery and props around themselves during the performance. The central stage allowed all the audience to see clearly all the action and in a smaller venue like this one was a bonus.
Unfortunately the theatre is closing down for 18 months for refurbishment but performances will continue at a temporary new home.
Once the original theatre is back in operation we shall visit again
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