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Abigail's Party

Friday 1st to Saturday 9th May at 7.30pm

written by Mike Leigh, directed by Chris Palmer


Mike Leigh's "Abigail's Party" was a huge hit at its premiere in 1977 and has been a perennial favourite with audiences ever since. Filmed for the BBC as a Play for Today, it attracted an amazing 16 million viewers and made a national star of leading lady Alison Steadman.

Beverly and Lawrence are a lower middle-class coupe with pretensions to climbing the social ladder. To this end they host a drinks party to which they invite neighbours Tony and Angela and the recently divorced Sue, whose daughter Abigail is holding a party of her own in Sue's house. There unfolds an evening of gaffes, laughs, spats, flirting and very real tragedy, to a soundtrack of Donna Summer and Demis Roussos.

The enduring appeal of "Abigail's Party" to audiences lies in the wonderful mix of unashamed nostalgia and still relevant social comment. It's also very, very funny.

Tickets £8 and £9 available from 16th March at The Box Office, Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1LD. Tel: 01380 725944

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Information for Volunteers

To all members and supporters of the Wharf Theatre:

The Theatre is run entirely by volunteers and, if you don't fancy acting on stage, there are always lots of opportunities for you to help out with vital and rewarding responsibilities off the stage, both behind the scenes and in the Front of House.  Each performance requires normally around eleven volunteers to help run the box office, bar and refreshments, manage the stage, props and actors, run the lighting and sound effects required and carry out the essential duties of perfomance licencee.  In addition, there are numerous opportunites to help design, build and decorate sets, as well as to compose publicity material and help with the distribution and management of publicity material (including the content of this website). 

If you enjoy theatre but do not want to appear on stage, why not double your enjoyment by joining one of our off-stage teams to help provide critical supporting skills that the Theatre needs.  Training is provided for these responsibilities, and you will not only meet similarly enthusiastic people but also become a valuable part of the Theatre family.

You do not need to be a member to come and have a look and to try out these tasks, although if you wish to pursue technical and back-stage work for productions you will ultimately require membership.  To find out more, please e-mail the Chairman or any of the Management team via the Contacts page.