Set in suburbia, Beverly (Jodie Prenger) and her husband Laurence (Daniel Casey) have invited their new neighbours, Angela (Vicky Binns) and Tony (Calum Callaghan), round for drinks, as well as their other neighbour, Sue (Rose Keegan), who has been asked to go from the house party of her teenager, Abigail. As the alcohol flows, tensions rise throughout the evening as small talk and views are shared.
Prenger glides around the stage as insistent host Beverly. Never short of providing either top-ups or an opinion, the audience thoroughly enjoy her role.
Laurence is well portrayed by Casey as he journeys from patient husband to erratic and angry co-host, as he imposes his tastes in music and art on his guests in response to Beverly’s similar efforts throughout the evening.
Binns shares the mundane aspects of being new homeowners , perhaps sharing a little too much about Tony and their marriage. She quickly switches into work mode when her experience as a fully trained nurse is required at the end of the show.
Callaghan hilariously portrays the agony of being stuck in the middle of uninspiring conversation and performs the volcanic nature of Tony’s temper in a way that shocks.
Sue puts up with the antics and intrusive questions of the party attendees.
The wood-panelled living room immediately transported me back to the 1970s as did the soda stream and pineapple and cheese cocktail sticks!.
Though there is much to laugh at during the party’s proceedings, there is sympathy to be had for the two couples and Sue, as the strains of their individual situations comes to light.
Abigail’s Party is funny, full of nostalgia but the performance from this cast that make this particular adaption of Abigail’s Party a good watch
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