This is a rather late post.
In my second collaboration with Marinate (which will be officially open on 7 Jan 2018), we created another immersive dinning experience – Date with Little Prince on 18 and 25 Nov 2017.
As before, Betsy, Edward and I discussed and toyed with several ideas at the beginning stage. Finally, we went with the idea of a huge board game that involved all diners and this eventually became a dramatic presentation with theatre games thrown in for everyone.
After reading through the Little Prince story again, and again, soaking it in, I wrote a monologue featuring the pilot many years after meeting Little Prince and reminiscing. In total, we went with 7 segments with each one ending with a line from the Little Prince.
Edward designed a wonderful 7-course dinner to match each episode, and food was served after each piece of monologue. Rita valiantly took on the role of the pilot.
The diners were “assigned” the role of reading out the line from Little Prince and took their turns depending on the icon on the envelope they were given. I was the “game master” and the “prompter” with my special chime to cue them.
For the two nights, the diners were wonderfully game in taking on their roles and some really showed flare and spoke their lines with zest and creativity. They also appreciated how the food tied-in with the drama.
Each diner went home with a Little Prince puppet they made and enjoyed a special slow meal with friends new and old, and most definitely created pleasant memories of a Date with Little Prince.
I certainly enjoyed this one-of-a-kind artful and heart-ful experience.
Here’s wishing Betsy and Edward all the best in their Marinate venture as they invite everyone to soak in life’s flavours.