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Abigail's Party

Mike Leigh

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573110160

British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbors, Angela and Tony as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, cliches and fatuous small talk abound.

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Full Length Play

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British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbors, Angela and Tony as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, cliches and fatuous small talk abound. The tension escalates as the marital strain between Beverly and Laurence surfaces. Susan's anxiety over Abigail's party accelerates as rock music and God-knows-what permeate the room. As Beverly and Angela offer some supremely tactless remarks, reality breaks through the smugness when Laurence collapses with a fatal heart attack.
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2m, 3f

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Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is an award-winning screen-writer and playwright who was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1943. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and at Camberwell and Central Art Schools and the London Film School. He gained acting and directing experience with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his first original play, Bleak Moments, evolved from improvisations. His career began as a ... view full profile

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Darren Coleman 08/06/2016 11:42
A fantastic play with brilliant characters. The best play I have ever been involved in. Mike Leigh is a genius.  
MAUREEN FROST 17/01/2015 03:16
This play has to rate among the all time greats. Simply the best dialogue you will come across.

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