“a jolly good show” – Aussie Theatre , April 2014
“.. improvisational skills are top notch” – Theatre Nerd, April 2014
The Australian Stage
A Dinner to Die For is an interactive entertainment event: a murder mystery evening replete with three course meal, staged at The Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford (where The Sullivans was filmed).
The evening was a sell-out, with 35 appropriately dressed guests in attendance for Lord Quinten Daventry’s birthday bash. The attention that the participants paid to their costuming and characters was quite something to see. Having been notified earlier in the week of our characters’ names and professions, it would seem that all 35 of us eagerly Googled the hair and costuming styles of 1928 and then focussed all our latent flapper-esque desires on appropriately bedecking ourselves. The small function room (prepare to eat with your elbows clamped firmly to your sides) really did look the part of a late 1920s aristocratic dinner party…..
Dazzling with the decadence of year 1928, the Retreat Hotel’s interactive theatre show A Dinner to Die For is pure fun. As the guests arrive at the Daventry family manor to celebrate Lord Quinten’s birthday, suspicions abound when it becomes apparent that some of the arrivals are harbouring ulterior motives. When one of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, it’s not long before accusations are unleashed. What ensues is a riotous night of hilarious whodunit designed to turn anyone into a sleuth.
Fancy some comedic chaos, crazy characters and a 3 course meal, spiced with murder and intrigue? Turn off the tele and put that Lean Cuisine back in the freezer then, you need A Dinner to Die For! The Truthbooth sent our bravest actress/reviewer/fancy dresser Naomi Crew along for an evening of hilarity at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford. Here’s her review…
‘Thousands and thousands and thousands of pounds’ of fun! A Dinner to Die For was a really enjoyable night hosted by a wonderful cast of charming characters, aside from a few murderous intentions.
On arrival at the Retreat hotel, all dressed up in my flapper dress and head band, I looked around the room at the other guests as they arrived. Some were couples, and others were larger groups of friends, work colleagues and family, all dressed up for the 1928 Christmas dinner party hosted by the cunning Lord Quinten Daventry. Initially I was a little nervous to be dressed in costume and arriving as a solo guest, but the warmth of this beautiful old pub, the staff and the other guests quickly extinguished my nerves.
The Time Machine Reviews
Theatre People “it really is brilliant!” – read more
Herald Sun “thanks to its caffeinated cast, The Time Machine is a guaranteed hoot for those in the mood to party. – read more
Stage Whispers “an involving, fun evening of theatre” – read more
The Time Machine Guest Feedback
“i would take a trip on the time machine any evening! bring back the 80’s: monster pop anthems, big hair, big personalities and unisex lycra. It was a blast!!!”
“An entertaining, farcical caper. Something totally different to what you may have seen before”
“An all round Fantabulous 80’s sing-song dinner and theatre night! Let your perm down and have a ball!”