Abi­gail’s Party reaches Wgtn

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Fol­low­ing its re­cent re­vival through­out Bri­tain, the Mike Leigh 1970s clas­sic Abi­gail’s Party will be pre­sented by Welling­ton Reper­tory Theatre this month.

De­scribed as ‘‘ a sub­ur­ban sit­u­a­tion com­edy of man­ners’’, Abi­gail’s Party is a satire about the as­pi­ra­tions and pre­ten­sions of the new mid­dle class that emerged in Bri­tain in the 1970s.

Bev­erly, played by Porirua’s Kaaryn Cater, is a for­mi­da­ble host­ess who en­ter­tains the new neigh­bours. The evening’s ini­tial good­will, cliches and fatu­ous small-talk only serve to cre­ate a ris­ing ten­sion, which fi­nally snaps with a dra­matic de­noue­ment.

Cater is in her 10th show for Welling­ton-based com­mu­nity theatre.

Other cast mem­bers are Mered­ith Doo­ley (An­gela), last seen as Sy­bil in Pri­vate Lives, Alan Carabott ( Lau­rence), most re­cently seen in Stage­craft Theatre’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, Amanda LaFoy Brown ( Su­san), who played the glamorous Amanda in Pri­vate Lives , and Clay­ton Foster (Tony), who has main­tained a com­edy podcast for an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence for two years.

Abi­gail’s Party,

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