The mad geniuses behind Underground Cinema – the immersive experience with a cult following – are back with a new, decidedly decadent and typically enigmatic event.
Launching in Melbourne on September 8, Feast of the Deceiver is described by Secret Squirrel Productions as “a provocative, intimate and immersive dining experience, which fuses intelligent game theory and live theatre over a six-course sumptuous feast”.
Feast of the Deceiver
- When: September 8, 9 and 10, 7-10pm
- Where: The Black Hall’s location is revealed only to those worthy, 24 hours before the Feast date
- Dress code: Black formal
- Tickets: $195 + booking fee, on sale August 10 at 1pm via Secret Squirrel Productions
“We want to engross guests into a world of raw, dark beauty and absinthe-fuelled dreams,” creative director Tamasein Holyman says.
“When people explore immersive worlds, they move away from their regular social behaviour and participate in a whole new way.”
At once tantalising and foreboding, Feast of the Deceiver calls to mind Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut crossed with an ancient Roman bacchanal.
Details are deliberately scant, with even the event’s location revealed only to the chosen few 24 hours earlier.
“Welcome to the Black Hall, here you may explore the darkest parts of your human nature without limit but always with consequence,” the mysterious Facebook event reads. “Indulge with your fellow initiates. Walk through the flames. Decide who you want to be.”
With a decadent menu and matching drinks designed for the experience, attendees or Initiates will “strive to move up the table and dine with the powerful privileged”, while live performances and ritualistic ceremonies take place around them.
“By combining food, game and live performance we are delivering a complete multi-sensory experience, which allows guests to surrender fully to a new reality,” Tamasein says.
If the audience Underground Cinema commands is any indication, tickets to Feast of the Deceiver will sell out lightning fast.
Admission includes an arrival cocktail, six-course creative degustation, free-flowing wine, sweet digestive, immersive game play and live performances throughout. For those who just can’t get enough, there will be a post-feast antechamber with crafted cocktails and live music from 10-11pm.
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