'Delightfully eccentric' dinner show Gastronauts - reviews

Cabaret-style meditation on our relationship with food is fantastic fun, but not for the squeamish

LAST UPDATED AT 07:45 ON Tue 3 Dec 2013
What you need to know

A new cabaret-style show about food, Gastronauts, at the Royal Court Theatre, London, has delighted some critics and left others a little squeamish. Wils Wilson directs the revue, written by April de Angelis and Nessah Muthy.

Gastronauts is presented as a cabaret in which the cast act as hosts, waiters and entertainers. They serve up a three-course meal with unconventional ingredients while various dramas, songs and discussions about our relationship with food play out around the diners.

Audience members can decide what they want to eat during the performance. Runs until 21 December.

What the critics like

"This delightfully eccentric event combines dinnertime with showtime, feeding the audience morsels of food and food for thought," says Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times. It's an ingenious show that manages to be both fun and sobering, performed with mischievous style by the cast.

Gastronauts is "a thrilling and provocative exploration of food and the politics of production and consumption", says Sam Marlowe in Metro. Saucy, disturbing and strangely beautiful, the drama is a tantalising menu of quirky canapes that's thoughtful, occasionally moving, and fantastic, freaky fun.

It is "lively food for thought", delivered to your table by a game ensemble, agrees Lyn Gardner in The Guardian. It's a playful, cabaret-style meditation on our relationship with food, delivered in bite-sized mouthfuls.

What they don't like

Henry Hitchings in the Evening Standard warns that this hybrid of Heston Blumenthal's dreams and the bush tucker trial from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! "isn't for the squeamish". While the preachy tone and weird food "leaves a nasty taste in the mouth", says Charles Spencer the Daily Telegraph.  · 

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