More than 90 guests got to experience pre-war Odessa at Tikva’s annual Patron’s evening this week.

Through immersive theatre and a purpose-built set, attendants were taken on  journey to early 20th century Ukraine, sampling its food and music.

Guests were able to walk through a participatory market, sampling traditional cuisine, and were entertained by live music.

The evening was themed on Isaac Babel’s ‘Odessa Tales’, telling the story of Jewish gangsters in the city in 1910.

Centred around mob boss Benya Krik, scenes were re-enacted including the opening of his club and casino, someone being ‘kicked out’, an armed robbery and a case of champagne being stolen.

The casino at Tikva’s Patron’s dinner Credit: Blake Ezra Photography

In addition to actors disguising themselves as guests to blend in with the immersive theatre, a select few attendees were asked to undertake ‘secret missions’.

Tikva UK Director, Karen Bodenstein stated that ‘we were excited to give our patrons this unique immersive experience of what pre-war torn Odessa was like’.

Pictures by Blake Ezra Photography