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Abigail’s Party

March 6, 2013

Mike Leigh’s ethnographic “Abigail’s Party” presents in one lounge, in one evening a picture of the emerging materialist society in 1970’s suburban England. For some of us we can remember the set only too well. Detail in design with an accurate set is essential for a Mike Leigh’s play and Lindsay Posner’s touring production does not disappoint. 

Design is just the world created for the characters to inhabit. It is the detail of their actions and dialogue that makes Mike Leigh plays so engaging. Hannah Waterman’s Beverly had me in hysterics as she swished about her lounge showing off at every opportunity. Martin Marquez, Katie Lightfoot, Samuel James and Emily Raymond respectively a very tightly wound up Laurence, a prettier yet still drippy Angela, the perfect balance of bully and hunk in Tony and the restrained and very polite Susan make for an excellent ensemble. What a great play this is!

Jacqui Walters-HuttonHelen CuleySharon QuigleyMichael Johnson and I all thoroughly enjoyed this production on our outing to the Malvern Festival Theatre.



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