As I like theatrical productions and of course eating, what better to combine the two and see the latest theatrical dining experience from the fantastic Vaults Theatre Group. They have cleverly created a remake of the Disney story of ‘Mulan’ and put it together with the fun and the raunchiness of Cabernet classic, Moulin Rouge (an exciting and intriguing play on words and stories!). The Vaults had before COVID staged a theatrical performance of ‘Divine Proportions’ and I heard the group creates a unique experience of dining and theatre, so was excited to try out the experience for myself.
Set in Paris, Mulan takes to the stage and starts to unravel the story to her ancestors (the audience) and describe the journey to war and the fight to freedom as she takes her father’s place by disguising herself as a man. Together with the General and her fellow commanders, the troupe (the hilariously funny General Lee and her band of Merry men - played by women), end up at the Moulin Rogue. The actors then fully immerse the story of Mulan's journey, through songs, jokes, and drama. Mulan (who is brought to life by the incredibly talented Sigi Moonlight) takes to the stage and inadvertently falls in love with a Moulin Rouge go go girl and explores her sexuality whilst being in disguise of a man. The actors are hilariously funny and captivate and interact with the audience with every twist and turn of drama on stage. There is musical interludes and songs to sing along to that create a sense of togetherness in the room. The actors are brilliant in reacting to audiences' banter with each of the characters brought to life by their wit and talent. It’s camp, it’s brash, it’s loud and it’s over the top. It’s a comedy performance that will stay in your head for days. A four-course dinner is also an optional choice and is recommended as it’s nicely spaced out and actually rather good and sophisticated. It starts with a tofu lettuce wrap served with a baked Camembert, served with cranberry jam and a crusty baguette. Deliciously creamy and a great sharing ensemble. The main course is a slow-cooked lamb shoulder served with grilled Savoy cabbage and roasted potatoes., cooked to perfection and a large portion to boot. To finalize the evening's meal a charred pineapple ring is served on a bed of crispy kadaidi pastry and fresh sweet cream for the show's big finale. Mulan Rouge was comedic genius that captivated, enthralled, and intrigued and was definitely a belly of laughs. It was immersive and interactive and brilliantly pulled together by a fantastic cast that made a super memorable evening. Looking forward to the next production!