27th–30th November 2019

Our last show was "Abigail's Party" – a play for stage and television devised and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. It is a suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.

Our biggest audiences since Calendar Girls gave universally positive feedback on Abigail’s Party:

Brilliant, funny, excellently performed

All superbly done - thanks

It was so amazing!!

Excellent dialogue, amusing challenging, great period stuff, very good

2 leading ladies were superb

Beverley and Ange - bloody brilliant!

Play a favourite of mine, suberb acting – very professional

Enjoyed v much and v impressed by standard of  Bart Players

Better than the original one! Excellent casting. Cringingly 1970's 

Costumes great, excellent music too

If you remember cheese & pineapple served on a cocktail stick, flared trousers and feather-cut hairstyles, orange and brown swirly décor and houses costing £21,000 then “Abigail’s Party” will be a trip down Memory Lane for you! A funny, nostalgia-filled snapshot of married life in the 1970’s, this suburban situation comedy of manners by Mike Leigh is a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain at this time.


Director Gareth Hammond says “I have always wanted to put on this play. It had such a powerful effect on me when I saw it in the 1970’s. As the original cringe comedy, it still resonates today with its recognisable characters and their bourgeois attitudes.”

The terrain is "the London side of Essex", "theoretical Romford" according to Leigh. Beverly Moss invites her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, who moved into the road just two weeks ago, over for drinks. She has also invited her neighbour Susan (Sue), divorced for three years, whose fifteen-year-old daughter Abigail is holding a party at home. Beverly's husband Laurence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff, insensitive, British middle-class way as the virtual strangers tentatively gather, until Beverly and Laurence start sniping at each other. As Beverly serves more drinks and the alcohol takes effect, Beverly flirts more and more overtly with Tony, as Laurence sits impotently by.

 

Within this simple framework, all of the obsessions, prejudices, fears and petty competitiveness of the protagonists are ruthlessly exposed.

Interviewed in 2009, writer Leigh said: "Of course I recognise the enduring popularity of "Abigail's Party". It still hits a nerve about the way we live. It's real even though it's apparently a heightened and comic play. It's a reflection of the realities of how we live on a several different levels. It's about aspirationalism and materialism, love and relationships. Like much of my work, it's about the disease I call "the done thing" – basically, keeping up with the Joneses. It's actually quite a complex play. People may not analyse its complexity but it's so popular precisely for that reason."

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CAST

Beverley Moss – Claire Crowther

Laurence Moss – Nick Smith

Angela Cooper – Elaine Leggett

Tony Cooper – Ianto Wain

Susan Lawson – Mary Fisher

Director – Gareth Hammond

Producer – Denise Santilli

TICKETS

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW
Dates: Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th* and Saturday 30th Nov 2019
Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm
Price: £10.00 (concessions £9.00)
Available: in advance from:

Denise Santilli, 07721 744020, bart.players@gmail.com, online from

www.ticketsource.co.uk/bartholomewplayers, from Evenlode DIY in Eynsham

or on the door


* Please note: tickets for FRIDAY 29th Nov – must be purchased in advance by 24th November (not available online)

REVIEWS

Our first review is in! Paul Stammers says: "For anyone who wants to indulge in a spot of nostalgia, there’s plenty to savour in this excellent production, directed by Gareth Hammond. All the cast put in strong performances and seem to be enjoying themselves." Read the full review here.

SUPPER NIGHT

As usual, we are partnering with a local Charity for our Supper Show, Eynsham Pre-School, an Ofsted-rated “Outstanding” Pre-school, caring for and educating children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.

 

They will assist us in organising the evening in return for a share of the profits. We look forward to seeing you!

AUCTION DONATIONS

We are extremely lucky to have been given the support of local businesses for our raffle/auction on the Supper Night.

 

A huge thank you to:

Blenheim Palace who have kindly donated a Family Ticket

Oxford Ice Rink who have kindly donated a Family Ticket

Oxford United Football Club who have kindly donated Two Match Tickets

Cogges Manor Farm who have kindly donated a Family Ticket 

Burford Garden Company who have kindly donated a Gift Voucher

Neves Bees who have kindly donated a Gift Pack

As well as our Charity Partners and Members.

Thank you all so much!

MENU

Jacket Potatoes served with chilli*, fresh salad and dressing

Chocolate sponge served with chocolate sauce

* vegetarian option available, please request at time of booking

Tickets for FRIDAY 29th Nov – must be purchased in advance by 24th November
Doors open: 6.10pm

2-course supper served: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Performance: 7.30pm
Advance Tickets only: £20.00
Available in advance from:

Denise Santilli 07721 744020

bart.players@gmail.com (not available online)

JOIN US

The Bartholomew Players

Eynsham Village Hall

Back Lane

Eynsham

Oxfordshire OX29 4QW

Phone: 07721 744020 

Email:  bart.players@gmail.com

TICKETS

Tickets are available in advance from:

Denise Santilli  07721 744020 

bart.players@gmail.com

Ticketsource

Evenlode DIY in Eynsham

Tickets are also available on the door

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