Before the Party

by  Rodney Ackland, W. Somerset Maugham

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 6f

"But darling what will people think if the sister's wearing mourning and the widow's dressed in pink?"

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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"But darling what will people think if the sister's wearing mourning and the widow's dressed in pink?"

The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren't such a nuisance about the rations and Cooke could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below-stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

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Keywords

Death, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting:

    Laura's room in the Skinner's house in Surrey

Casting

1m, 6f
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Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland (5/18/1908 – 12/6/1991) was an English playwright, actor, theatre director and screenwriter. He was educated at Balham Grammar School in London. In his 16th year he made his first stage appearance at the Gate Theatre Studio, playing Medvedieff in Gorky's The Lower Depths and later studied acting at the C ...

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W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham

First performed at the St Martin's Theatre, London on 26th Octover 1949

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