The groom has gone missing and so has your meal. Join gourmet chef Paula McIntyre (MBE) as she tries to save the day.

Big Telly are delighted to announce their new LIVE digital project ‘RECIPE FOR DISASTER’ – A piece of cookalong theatre’.

The exact opposite of a quiet night in, you are cordially invited to A Recipe for Disaster. An extraordinary DIY wedding with a top class chef, an 80s obsessed bride, a nervy groom and a best man under pressure. Part show, part cookery class, once the meals are served and the speeches are said everyone can chill out on the dance floor, eighties style.  This might be the worst wedding in the world, but the best night in. Theatre, you can eat!

Big Telly’s Artistic Director Zoe Seaton says” we’ve wanted to do this for ages, to try and recreate one of those brilliant nights which starts with everyone cooking together, having a laugh and ends with the chairs pulled back and everyone giving it dixie to Come On Eileen. That’s essentially what we’re after.’

Paula McIntyre says “Delighted to be involved in the Recipe for Disaster with Big Telly. Looking forward to a great night’s craic and seeing everyone’s dishes!”

 “Magical…The stuff dreams are made on.”  The Guardian

“Magical and awakens our imagination” Front Row, BBC Radio 4

Best Theatre to Watch List Time Out New York

“You genuinely feel part of a shared experience” Rev Stan

“While others were rushing to fling whatever they had in their archive online, these two companies have pioneered live interactive storytelling that has provided rollicking family entertainment and made it feel as the audience is not an afterthought but essential” Lyn Gardner

**WInner of The Off West End OnComm awards for Alice – A Virtual Theme Park.

Creative Team

Director- Zoe Seaton

Performers – Chris Robinson/Thomas Richardson/Nicky Harley

Stage Manager – Sinead Owens



Tickets: Priced at £10 per device. Age 11+. ‘Guests’ receive full list of ingredients and prep instructions ahead of time so they can enter the call, full


About Big Telly Theatre

Big Telly was established in 1987 by Zoe Seaton. Since then, the company has grown to be one of Northern Ireland’s longest established and respected theatre companies. The company has a long tradition of touring theatre work and has become an expert in site responsive and participation theatre. With the depth and range of our output, we inevitably are involved in partnerships working with many organisations and our diverse work reaches into areas of tourism, heritage, community safety and mental health. Most recently the company has paved the way for live digital experiences in NI, with five lockdown shows already under their belt. Throughout lockdown the company have been committed to creating  joyous, necessary events for audiences in need of that connection. Recipe for Disaster does just that!

About Paula McIntyre

Paula McIntyre is one of Northern Ireland’s leading professional chefs. A lecturer, radio presenter, columnist and author, Paula has a hugely varied and successful carry in Food and Hospitality. She had a regular cooking column in Sunday Life newspaper for 2 years. Paula contributes to various papers in Northern Ireland including the Irish News, Newsletter and Belfast Telegraph. She writes a weekly column in Farming Life. She regularly blogs for the Borough Market, in London, website and does demonstrations at the market. She has been a judge on Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards for 5 years and contributes to the Food Programme.She is a regular panelist on the “Kitchen Cabinet” – a Radio 4programme hosted by Jay Rayner. She is an ambassador for the Taste Causeway food network and is currently working on a book featuring food from the region. In 2015 she won the Farming Life/Danske Bank Farming Champion Award and is the 2017 Restaurant Association of Ireland Food Hero for Ulster. Paula’s first book “ A Kitchen Year” was published in 2008 by Gill and Macmillan. Her latest book “Down to Earth” was published in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE for services to food, drink and hospitality. In January 2021 she was appointed as High Sheriff to County Londonderry

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