Hi all! At this present time, we are not able to visit any theatre productions, hopefully, this will be able to change soon. I enjoyed going to see plays as I know so many did.
Much has been said about the governments lack of financial support for those who work in the arts sector during lockdown and to me its very hard not to see the truth of this point, both in terms of the industry itself and of course the actual people, on the stage and behind it, who’s livelihoods we are talking about.
I hope the arts industry manages to thrive on the other side, and I am very sure it will, for creativity always finds a way. I believe the performance arts to be a hugely important part of society thanks to their potential to unlock all sorts of amazing feelings, and portray all sorts of viewpoints, through this wonderful medium of creativity.
Whilst going through my articles archive I came across my review I did for some local press when an adaptation of Abagail’s Party hit the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, United Kingdom. Here is some information about the play:
And my article:
It’s the mid-seventies and Abigail is having a party. But that is not where all the action takes place, that would be just across the road where a lady named Beverley has a gathering underway. Joining her at the impressive house is Abigail’s mum Sue, and a young couple, all caught between Beverley and her husband Lawrence’s rising tensions. They may have only been married for three years, but it’s definitely not a blissful partnership.
Set in my hometown of Romford, Mike Leigh’s classic play of love, relationships and aspirations is once again brought to life with great writing, direction and a top cast. There is plenty of humour that hits the mark in this comedy, as it gradually unwinds to reach its sting in the tail, exploring fitting social themes along the way.
Overall, I definitely recommend going to see Abigail’s Party for an entertaining character and social study that tells a story with points as relevant today as they were back in the 1970’s.
You can feel the seventies atmosphere and set nicely, helped by an enjoyable string of relevant pop culture references and plenty of smoking. I enjoyed various juxtapositions within the narrative, such as how the gathering is so concerned if Abigail is OK at her party, yet it’s their little party they should really be worried about!
Here’s to getting back to play’s and other live events as soon as it’s safe to, but also being thankful for all the ways the arts have helped so many people through trying times in the past, the present, and will do in the future. You might not have always recived the financial grattitude you deserve but many people feel the effects of your massive impact. Hopefully future posistion’s of power will treat the arts with respect closer to what is deserved.
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