Production Date: June 1988
Directed by: Jan Case
Playwright: Mike Leigh
Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
Suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbors Angela and Tony as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter is having at party at which her mother is less than welcome.
Over drinks and snacks, good will, cliches and fatuous small talk abound. Tension escalates as a sense of marital strain between Beverly and Laurence emerges, Susan's anxiety as to what is happening at her daughter's party skyrockets increasingly evident as rock music penetrates the room, and Beverly and Angela offer some supremely tactless remarks. Horrific reality breaks into their smug world as Laurence has a fatal heart attack.
BHTC NOTES: So far only the programme has been discovered from this production.
PLAYWRIGHT: Mike Leigh Mike Leigh OBE (born February 20, 1943) is an English film and theatre director.
Sound & Lighting
Front of House
Roy Lewry, Richard Griffin & Ben Dawson
Margaret Coveney & Phillipa Jones
BHTC Production Number: 145