Remember all those toys you used to play with when you were little? Have you ever spared a thought for them once you packed them away up in the attic and left them to rot? You didn’t huh? Well they’ve all been waiting for you to come back and play with them again…
This Halloween deep in the depths of Dalston I entered Dalston Heights attic, a large open warehouse space which was the perfectly chosen venue for the Twisted Toys Halloween party. It was the home to a cast of actors playing the role of some seriously disturbed toys, who had spent years without any human contact with only each other to play with. The toys had heard that we were coming and had decided to throw a tea party in our honour. What a treat!
The warehouse space had long rows of perfectly themed and styled tables ready for a large feast and an evening of suspense and entertainment. There were no half measures in design, production and offerings, we started with their ice cold bottles of prosecco, which you order from the side bar, this event is hands on, no table service. There were classic cocktails such as mohitos but this was an evening of decadence so we went for the full bottle. There was no seat allocation so we nestled ourselves and stared in awe as each attendee arrived dressed to the max inspired by their favourite childhood toys. 10/10 from everyone on effort, no slackers, a dense mix of creatives, homemade galore and I even bumped into a life-size whoopee cushion. Some of these outfits must have taken weeks to make. After an hour of catch up and alcoholic swigs, we were all ready for the entertainment. I could only imagine that the stage taking up half the room with human ‘sleeping’ toys was going to kick into action!
Suddenly the toys were alive, singing and reciting comical jerks engaging with the guests who were actively shouting and laughing with happiness and excitement. A real spin of epic entertainment, stage fighting and a barbie doll dance off to Britney Spears, Toxic took all attention from the food leaving mouths wide open, the trio personally of Britney was indeed a trio of fabulously barbie dress trannies- my highlight of the evening!
The food served exceeded my expectations, everything was shared so you built hearty conversation with your surrounding neighbours, a thick to die for pumpkin soup was served inside whole pumpkins followed by homemade vegetarian pie, red cabbage and potato dauphinoise- not forgetting the immersive sides of extreme performances and extreme outfits- too fabulous! There were meat options for the mains too. After all the excitement and a food coma on route, everyone had flushed cheeks from satisfaction! A small red velvet cupcake with barbie body parts poking out at different angles was served for dessert while everyone before the music started to pump up!
I had to dash at this point but I have to say I was more than satisfied and cannot wait to see what these guys come up with for their next event. The set design was inspirational and dramatically designed, the food was faultless with rolling servings for the feasters amoungst, hunger was not an option!
Tickets were £35, which includes a welcoming drink to loosen you up, a three course meal of the most outrageously delicious food cooked by one of London’s culinary wizards was a bargain. “This three course set menu will be accompanied by a performance that will leave you shaking in your socks and drooling in your dinner”- i can’t disagree with that statement!