I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the theatre to watch something grown up – it may be as much as a decade ago! What a treat then to set off to Liverpool last night to watch Waiting for Gateaux with one of my closest friends. When I was first invited to go along and watch the show I thought “Oh fab, a lovely night out for Dave and I” – but quickly changed my mind when I read the synopsis and realised this performance was far better suited to a girlie night. I wasn’t wrong.
Waiting for Gateaux is the Epstein Theatre’s first in house production since reopening a couple of years ago and my did they set things off with a bang. Waiting for Gateaux promised “a whopping slice of comedy with HUGE belly laughs” and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I know I wasn’t the only one crying with laughter for a good chunk of the performance.
Set in the worst health and fitness club in the country, Maureen and her somewhat random group of “slimmers” get together each week under the guise of motivating each other to slim down and get fit. In reality there’s a lot of chatting and a weekly takeaway! (My sort of slimming club!) The story pans out through a series of visits to the weekly meetings of “Mo-tivators” and we learn about each character and their lives. It is cleverly told and extremely funny with a healthy dose of song and dance for added entertainment!
As with so many of these things what makes it so laugh out loud funny is that you can totally empathise with the characters, you believe in them and you want it all to turn out ok. I’m still giggling at some of the one liners as I write this – but I won’t spoil them for you!
It’s a cracking great laugh and I wholeheartedly recommend you get all your girls together and head down to The Epstein Theatre for a night out!
*Disclaimer – I was invited to watch Waiting for Gateaux free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*