The Worst Cafe in the World at BIAF

The Worst Cafe in the World at BIAF


A Big Telly special for festival, there is just one week to get a table, place your orders and experience the gloriously mad ‘Worst Café in the World’.

Masquerading as a café, tucked away on Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter, The Worst Café in the World mysteriously appears. Signage cracked, you step into another world. The chef’s a mess and the waiting staff ..wait. The food is non-existent and the customers are flies on the wall, watching the story unravel in a feast of reality theatre.

Eat first, or after – because at The Worst Café, there is no food, not a latte in sight, and nothing is quite what it seems.

With a menu of twists and turns, stories come well done or rare with a range of side orders to thicken the plot. As the service goes into meltdown, the waiters stop waiting and the tables are turned. Customers people watch the drama in an hour-long reality theatre show.

Pure comedy and pathos, a chaotic foodless venue, The Worst Café in the World is something completely different. Hugely entertaining comedy, and an unmissable event.

As producers, we are constantly working to create work that is a bit different. We want to appeal to new audiences as well as regular theatre goers. It’s tricky – the market is changing and it can be hard to reach new people. Worst Café is a different approach. With it, we want partnerships with agencies working within the arts, town centre management, BID teams, regeneration and tourism to make it happen.We’re proud of our track record of successful partnership working – through our site specific and cultural tourism work, and through our Creative Shops programme.

The Worst Café format is inspired by that work, and the ways it engages the public, passers-by and entirely new audiences – most who don’t see themselves as ‘arts attenders’. For example, Creative Shops evaluation has consistently shown increased footfall in host streets/areas.

The format of the story café can be performed anytime, anywhere with new stories and menus – for Spring, Christmas, Easter. It can be site specific and bespoke to a place or area.

The Worst Café in the World can work in traditional arts venues. But it can really animate empty shops, revive vacant cafes on high streets in towns where people least expect theatre.

Worst Café premieres at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2019 and tours March 2020. Locations TBA https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/

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