Barry is a massive fan of Father Ted so for Christmas, his sister Clara bought us tickets to see a Father Ted & Co show at the Grand Opera House. I’d never been to a dinner at the Opera House so I wasn’t sure how it would work, particularly because of the interactive nature of the show.
So, off we went on St Patricks Day to experience the parody dining experience! When we arrived we were treated to a wine reception in the bar before we heard lots of shouting and commotion. I turned round to see none other than “Father Ted” and “Mrs Doyle” walking around the crowd, joking, taking the mickey out of people and of course, offering cups of tea! From that moment on, I knew this would be no ordinary show!
It was then time to be called into the auditorium, where we spotted the body of “Father Jack” lying in the middle of the room. Suddenly I was chosen as one of the ladies who were made to sit beside and ‘mind’ the body! I had no idea what was going on, but for about ten minutes five of us sat in mourning, and were scolded by Mrs Doyle if we let out a giggle! I think this really set the theme for the night!
So it was back to my seat for dinner- a three course meal was on the cards. For starters we had home-made butternut squash soup, for mains we got chicken wrapped in bacon served on a bed of mash with green beans, and for dessert we were treated to white chocolate cheesecake. The meal was lovely, particularly the cheesecake, but I think you were constantly aware that you could have been pulled away from your dinner at any time (and really, for any reason!)
In between courses, there were things like a singing competition, Irish dancing and a raffle, as well as the performers interacting with each table. At one point I turned round and Barry was being lifted up on the air by Father Dougal! Why? I honestly have no idea!
It was funny, it was wild and it was a bit mad! I think if you let yourself go with the flow, you came away entertained and baffled in equal measures!
The body of Father Jack
Father Dougal and Mrs Doyle
Father Jack and Barry
Barry and Father Dougal
Eoin and the priests!