This is a show like no other, in which the eponymous George attempts to demonstrate how gourmet meals can be prepared in a Travelodge room with only the appurtenances it has: iron, trouser press, kettle, mini bar. Is this for real? George, a large, ebullient, beardy man assures us that it is. Brimming with energy and wit, he storms about the stage, ironing the pitta; cooking fish in the kettle; producing bread from the trouser press (not really, that one’s a cheat). But all the other tricks and techniques appear to work. Pancakes on an upturned iron? Spider plant leaves in a salad? All this is done at breakneck speed, with sly witty comments at machine-gun rate. And glorified by screen projections of cod ‘haute cuisine’ descriptions in French of each course (There are three.). At the very end of this breathlessly exhilarating farrago, he asks his ‘food monitors’ from the audience to place the resulting dishes on the bar for us to taste, if we wish (We had been issued with forks at the door). As your critic, I feel honour bound on your behalf to do so. It is totally delicious. This is a highly original, completely engrossing performance from a man secure in his culinary and comedic talents.

**** – 4 Stars

 

                                                                                         John Christopher Wood