ABIGAIL'S PARTY

24 March 2017



It feels like an age since I've been to the theatre (don't know if it's just me, but always seem to blank out previous things I have seen at the theatre...what's up with that? I'm going to blame terrible memory), so when I saw that Amanda Abbington would be bringing Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh to a theatre that's local to me...I had to go. The last time I saw Amanda in a play was God Bless The Child at The Royal Court, at the end of 2014. Holy crap, that's quite some time ago! Also, I want to try and see all the plays I can, at theatres which have Under 25 tickets for £10 or so, because I'm a cheapskate and want to make the most of my age before I hit 26 in just over a couple of months time...

The play follows Beverly, who is holding a party for Angela and Tony, a youngish, married couple who are new to the neighbourhood. Sue, another neighbour has also been invited as her 15 year old daughter, Abigail is holding a party at their house. It opens with Beverly dancing to Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby, as she sets up for the party. From the get go, the audience was chuckling, and although there were some dramatic, and serious moments, it was a fun play, and great to have the audience laughing a lot.

We see Beverly is clearly unhappy with her marriage, that her husband Laurence (Ben Caplan) cares more about his job as an estate agent, than her. Through the play, we see that things aren't necessarily rosy for everyone else. That Tony clearly isn't happy in his marriage either, and he gradually notices that Beverly is interested in him. There's a hilarious scene featuring dancing - we see Tony and Beverly getting very close to one another, and Laurence attempting to slow dance with Angela which had me snort laughing. You feel sorry for Sue, and want help her find a way to leave the party, but everytime she attempts to in some shape or form, it fails. She's probably the character I can relate to most, just because I'm that person that goes places, and often realises they don't want to be there after a while.

Don't want to give away the ending, but let's just say, there were tears and laughter. I needed something to make me laugh and take my mind off stuff, and Abigail's Party did that. 

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