Restaurant is a new, live performance by Patrick Cole. The event takes place within a fictional eatery constructed within the walls of Whitstable’s Labour Club. Cole will draw on the iconography of a restaurant to create a large-scale immersive set and scripted performance.
Visitors are invited to take a seat for thirty minutes within what looks like a dilapidated and neglected restaurant. The setting is peppered with clichés — the incompetent waiter, the rude chef, inedible food — interpreted through short vignettes that satirise the lives of a fictional public. Cole uses his own personal experiences and relationships, layered with fiction, to deal with ideas of isolation, loneliness and anxiety. Humour and movement help create a cathartic experience.
This performance was repeated at 14:00 and 17:00.