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Abigail’s Party

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

March 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2009.

Abigail’s Party

by Mike Leigh

“Cringingly funny”
– Remote Goat – online –


Directed by
Tony Brownings


Natalie Colgate – Beverly

Mark Best – Laurence

Anna Quick – Angela

Guy Steddon – Tony

Hazel Starns – Sue


Production Crew

Director’s Assistant – Fiona Cummings

Stage Manager – David Comber

DSM – Zara Spanton

Set Design – David Comber

Lighting – Mike Medway

Sound – Phillip Oliver

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Carl Gray

Workshop Team – Paul Checkley

Workshop Team – Sue Chaplin

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Workshop Team – Margaret Davy

Workshop Team – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Anna Barden

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity Photographs – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Abigail’s Party

“My two favourite descriptions of the play are ‘The most painful hundred minutes in British comedy drama’ and ‘An appalling evening of domestic entertaining in suburbia’.

Originating as a Hampstead Theatre production and first broadcast as part of the Play for Today season, Abigail’s Party is Mike Leigh’s best known television work, and perhaps the most celebrated TV play of the 1970’s. Its enduring popularity has seen it staged in countless theatrical productions around the world, including an award winning production for the Wick in 1984.

This is an Abigail’s Party for a new generation of Wick actors and actresses. It would be pointless to recreate a carbon copy of the original so, whilst we have been faithful to the piece, each performer has really made the character they are playing their own.

I do hope it will make you laugh a lot and make you squirm in your seat sometimes. Preferably, on occasions, both at the same time!