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Bury Free Press: September 23rd 2013

A Bury St Edmunds-based events company is inviting people with a sense of adventure to take part in its next theatrical dining experience.

Diners entering The Artist’s Studio on October 11-13 will be transported back in time to meet French artist Henri Matisse.

They will encounter Matisse’s odalisque models and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, while savouring a feast of Moroccan and French-inspired delicacies.

The Curious Pygmy Club introduced itself to sell-out crowds with Doctor Moreau’s Laboratory Feast in July and is promising to once again wow audiences with its ‘delicious menu and interactive theatre’.

Of the pop up restaurant’s latest venture, creative director Joy Laing-Buisson said: “Matisse explored a lot of Europe and North Africa whilst he was working on his now famous paintings and drawings so we’re harnessing the essence of that here.

“There will be lots of exciting twists and turns and, of course, the food will be colourful, exotic and lavish - just like Matisse’s early paintings.”

Guests can also expect to learn the finer details of life-drawing and will be given the materials and tuition to aid them in taking part.

And while diners need not be artists themselves, they are encouraged to go ‘fuelled with a sense of adventure’.

Tickets are priced at £38 for the October 11 and 12 events, which start at 6.30pm, and at £17 for the October 13 event, which will start at 3pm and will feature a Moroccan afternoon tea instead of a dinner feast.

The Artist’s Studio will take place at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Churchgate Street, Bury.

To find out more, or to buy tickets, go to

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The Press Release

A new immersive dining experience is coming to Bury St Edmunds for this first time ever for two nights only this July.


Never before seen in East Anglia, The Curious Pygmy Club will create an immersive pop up dining event within its intimate red velvet tent. Guests will be transported to a different time, fantastical world and unique story through a combination of mysteriously delicious menus and interactive theatre.

Professor Moreau, the host for the night, is inviting the public to visit his 19th century surgical laboratory for the evening, where he will serve a three course gastronomical feast whilst he performs his latest, most spectacular, surgical experiment yet. An evening not for the faint hearted!

The Curious Pygmy Club is the brainchild of Joy-Alix Laing-Buisson who lives in Bury St Edmunds. After learning the mystic arts of special effects for theatre and film at the London College of Fashion, Joy worked in various West End Theatres and became fascinated by Punchdrunk Production’s immersive style.

Joy-Alix explains, “I have always been fascinated in how the transformation of a set or space into a living, breathing alternate reality, with the help of skilled actors who can immerse the audience into a different world. The audience naturally slip into a fictional story or situation leaving their real life stories at the dining tent’s entrance for the evening. This form of entertainment and interaction facilitates an open door into the world of escapism, ageless playfulness and a sense of artistic freedom, which I believe are integral parts of what it is to be a creative human being”.

“Immersive art in the form of public installation has been around since the 1960’s but immersive semi improvisational theatre is relatively new. Having trialled a couple of immersive dining evenings in London and after having moved up to Bury St, Edmunds, I was eager to bring immersive dining to my new home town”.

The first Curious Pygmy Club event will be held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July at a location very close to the town centre. Tickets cost £30 and include a three course meal, aperitif, a glass of red wine and of course an evening of entertainment like nothing else.

Joy continues, “From the age of three I created magical worlds inside dens made out of sheets, chairs, curtains and a good spot of imagination, and, through The Curious Pygmy Club, that is still what I love to do! I hope others will also enjoy their adventures into strange, beautiful, bizarre, and intriguing worlds created by the Curious Pygmy Club and savour evenings full of good food, entertainment and fun!”

“Doctor Moreau is a complex character, who will be serving some unusual, and indeed at times, scandalous fayre – including Noble Bay Salmon Tartar with Pygmy Octopus served with aqueous lemon plasma – whilst he carries out his most spectacular surgical experiment to date. It really will be an evening to remember.”

You can read more about the background to Professor Moreau’s experiments and find out more about the evening by visiting: and You can also find them on Twitter@TheCuriousPygmy.

Courtesy of Laura Welham -Halstead of PROPONO PR.