BEFORE THE PARTY
Goodwood Institute Theatre
Written By: Rodney Ackland
Directed By: Rob Croser
Why is the young widow wearing pink to the bishop's garden party?
Britain. 1948. The war is over, petrol and paté are still being rationed, good help is hard to find, and the Skinner family is getting ready to go to a garden party for the Bishop of Capetown. Their recently-widowed daughter, Laura, first shocks the family by wearing pink, instead of widow's black, and then by revealing that her late husband died of something other than malaria. The news threatens her snobbish sister's secretaryship of the golf club, and their father's candidacy for the Conservative Party.
Do the socially-obsessed Skinners go to the party, and brave it out? Do they go, but leave chatterbox, 12-year-old Susan, at home? Or do they all stay away, and risk exposure to gossipy speculation behind their backs?
Rodney Ackland's wickedly funny adaptation of a Somerset Maugham short story is social satire at its cleverest.
Cast includes Laura Antoniazzi, Will Cox, Madeleine Herd, David Roach, Bronwyn Ruciak, Jenna Bezuidenhout and Myra Waddell.
Approx. Running Time: 2.5 hrs including interval
Suitable for ages: 15+
April 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 @ 7.30
Matinees Sunday 23 @ 4.00, Saturday 29 @ 2.00
Early Tuesday 25 @ 6.30
166a Goodwood Road