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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

Directed by
Tony Brownings

2008/2009 – NODA South East Region – District 1 – Drama – Accolade of Excellence

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“Cringingly funny”

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Natalie Colgate – Beverly

Mark Best – Laurence

Anna Quick – Angela

Guy Steddon – Tony

Hazel Starns – Sue


Production Crew

Director’s AssistantFiona Cameron

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

DSMZara Spanton

Set DesignDavid Comber

LightingMike Medway

SoundPhillip Oliver

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamCarl Gray

Workshop TeamPaul Checkley

Workshop TeamSue Chaplin

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamMargaret Davy

Workshop TeamJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityAnna Barden

PublicityRosemary Brown

Publicity PhotographsLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty 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!