Nasty party games with Abigail

Abigail's Party: Sara Green, Daniel Spivey and Michelle Vinson who are appearing in Ecclesall Theatre Company's production of Mike Leigh's classic at Ecclesall Parish Hall.
Abigail's Party: Sara Green, Daniel Spivey and Michelle Vinson who are appearing in Ecclesall Theatre Company's production of Mike Leigh's classic at Ecclesall Parish Hall.

ECCLESALL Theatre Company will be breaking out the cheese ‘n’ pineapple chunks on cocktail sticks, the nuts and crisps, popping the Beaujolais in the fridge and Demis Roussos on the turntable for it’s time for Abigail’s Party next week.

The classic Seventies play by Mike Leigh is not, of course, about Abigail’s party at all but what the neighbours get up to across the road. Suburbanites Beverly and Laurence are entertaining their new neighbours, Angela and Tony, to drinks and snacks, and have also invited Abigail’s mum, Susan, because she is expected to be out of the way of the teenage party.

At first, goodwill, clichés and fatuous small-talk abound but the sense of growing marital strain between Beverly and Laurence, Susan’s growing anxiety as to what is happening at her daughter’s party, (increasingly evident through the sound of rock music penetrating the room), and the supreme tactlessness of remarks by Beverly and Angela generate a rising tension which snaps.

It is being performed at the Ecclesall Parish Hall, Ringinglow Road, from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets from 2308842 or www:ecclesalltheatre.com