Review: George Egg's 'Set Menu', The Astrolabe Theatre, Glastonbury Festival 2023


George Egg cooked up a storm at this year's Glastonbury Festival, or more literally, a three course meal in the festival's Astrolabe Theatre -  all of it without using a kitchen or any traditional kitchen equipment.

While it might be hot enough outside to cook an egg on one of the bonnets of a car in Joe Rush's Carhenge installation, it's slightly cooler inside the Astrolabe where Egg uses a wallpaper steamer to poach the egg for his eggs, kippers and sourdough croutons. I now know how to toast sourdough croutons using a shovel and a Dewalt Air Gun, in case I'm ever stuck in my garage with a desire for a little crunch. There's popcorn too, where the Dewalt shines again.

It's part-cookery show, part-comedy, part-lecture. It's not all funny, he tells us, 'some of it is just interesting.' It's true - but he strikes a balance between entertaining and interesting. It's certainly a funny show, it's not a laugh-out-loud comedy show but you do leave feeling entertained. And if you tried any of the food at the end (mea culpa - I didn't) then you'll also leave well fed.

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