The Little Table of Delights. Review

The Little Table of Delights

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The Little Table of Delights is billed as “a theatrical tasting for children in five acts”. It is a taste of theatre, song and food with children at its heart. Produced by Theatre Damfino, Little Table of Delights tours (currently at the Theatre Royal Bath until Saturday), look out for it at a venue near you or bring it to your local school.

Since moving to Bristol, via this blog, I have connected at various events with Yeo Valley, for half term we were invited as a family to see The Little Table of Delights at The Yeo Valley Canteen. It’s a great venue, decorated with the quirky and the stylish. I was very excited to take the Mr. to see it. The canteen has a welcoming feel, it was big enough for a good-sized audience and small enough to feel intimate. It worked very well as a space for The Little Table of Delights. All the children sat at a long table, on which some of the show is performed, the rest of the audience sat touching distance behind them back as the actors moved around the room.

Each event I’ve attended at Yeo Valley has been informative, thoughtful and fun. This ticked all those boxes. The ethos of the company is reflected through the events they choose to partner with, previously I’ve seen the Project Wild Thing film at Yeo Valley and seen a documentary on GMO’s. How we treat the land and our connection to it as something to cherish, particularly as a food source, it is something that is important to me as a parent and to Yeo Valley. This is a company that walks the talk with its ethos.

Little Table of Delights drew in the children with songs and table top performances. Small faces entranced, as much as the adults. The show is witty and entertaining. As good theatre should, it takes the audience on the a journey, whilst sharing a message. Food to taste and food for thought.

The show begins with our daily bread, a food staple and centuries old. Weaving the culinary and song Little Table of Delights travels around the globe via spices. Giving children and opportunity not only consider where food comes from, but also to taste and smell. Yes, my son tried the puree beetroot and no, he didn’t like it – but he tried it! We met Barbara the cow and ended with the drama of bees and honey.

Little Table of Delights. Chef Matt Williamson creates ice cream.

The music is live, as is the food, chefs Claire Thomson (The Five O’clock Apron) and Matt Williamson create and serve food to the children as part of the show. My small boy is not much given to sitting through performances, he very much enjoyed being part of this one. The Mr. (who took all the photos for this post) properly loved it, laughing hard and thanking the musicians afterwards. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, wasn’t sure if my boy would last the courses, The Little Table of Delights delivered on lots of levels. Ultimately, it was very entertaining and I’d throughly recommend it, just as I would a visit to the Yeo Valley Canteen (lunch is available to book).

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Disclosure: We were given a family ticket to review the show. All words and opinions are my own.

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