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VENUE: BOUNDS GREEN BOWLS AND TENNIS CLUB
DOOR TIME: 19.00
START TIME: 19.30
COST: £6.50 inc booking
CERTIFICATE: 15

THE PARTY

FRI 7 SEPT

THE PARTY – a comedy wrapped around a tragedy – unfolds in real time in a house in London in the present day. Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health in the party of opposition. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels. An announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that rapidly escalate into all-out confrontation. As people’s illusions about themselves and each other go up in smoke, along with the canapes, THE PARTY becomes a night that began with champagne but ends with blood on the floor.

 

REVIEWS:

“Observant and smart…. It plays out in real time with elegance and dispatch, cantering up to a cheeky punchline twist which leaves you laughing over the final credits.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 13.02.17

“What matters is whether the film’s critical portrait of a certain sector of modern British society succeeds dramatically and comedically; and with a deftly constructed, fast-moving real-time storyline, credibly vivid characters and deliciously barbed exchanges coming thick and fast, it unquestionably does.” – Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound, 14.02.17

“Potter’s wicked drawing-room farce had the audience howling with laughter, and who knew that she could be a writer of Wildean quips, pricking the pomposity and insincerity of every member of the ensemble cast?” – Kate Muir, The Times, 15.02.17

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