Monday, 22 April 2013

A little bit of magic

Photograph by Paul Blakemore


As a child, a friend of mine used to visit her estranged father in France each summer. This was in the days before mobile phones and internet, those days when we made plans in advance and stuck to them. They agreed to meet on the steps of the town hall. At the allocated time, they each caught sight of the other. She would run to him, arms outstretched. And he, with hands tucked behind his back, would suddenly scatter blossom into the air, showering her with petals, love, and a little bit of magic.

Children adore this kind of unexpected thrill. Adults, too. But we so rarely experience it, which is why I'm going to The Raven and the Writing Desk. Over three consecutive Sundays, Bristol's Milk Thistle is transformed into a wonderland of interactive theatre and fine dining. Top chef, Tom Green, has designed an Alice in Wonderland-inspired menu for this intimate evening. Lucky diners are invited to dress up for the occasion, and will also enjoy entertainment from white rabbits and Cheshire cats, performing throughout the evening their own particular blend of dark humour meets slapstick, topped off with amazing costumes and clever set design.

Two Sundays remain to experience this magical event: 28 April and 5 May, and tickets cost £35-45. Find out more and buy tickets here.

I can't wait.

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