Written by Dan Stock of the Herald Sun News.
Ahoy me mateys, if you fancy dinner with a difference, set sail for the Docklands and the compass to the Mission to Seafarers for there’s yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum ready to go.
After a sellout season at the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Queens of the Damned pop-up theatre restaurant troupe have taken to the high seas with their next immersive dinner-and-a-cabaret show, the Pirate Experience. Set over four rooms of the heritage-listed building, the night begins with sea shanties and getting shipwrecked by the fire in the Castaways Courtyard, before a two-course meal served under the historic Norla Dome that’s been transformed into an underwater world of mermaids and treasure.
The adults-only show features booty-shakin’ burlesque beauties and swashbuckling circus acts and for those making a Big Night Out of it, there’s VIP (Very Important Pirate) packages including cocktails on arrival and access to the exclusive Captain’s Quarters.
Creative director Holly Mouat says she and co-owner Monica Star spent last year writing a number of different themed shows “but once we visited the Mission to Seafarers we knew it had to be pirates”.
Themed cocktails — mostly rum-based, of course — include the Drunken Sailor, the Mermaid and The Kraken — a dark take on a Bramble with mint, lime … and a souvenir tentacle. Avast ye!