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‘This is a fantasy vision — a delusional memory — of the swinging 70s colliding with nasty reality.’
The Australian

Before Kath & Kim made us cringe with delight, Abigail’s Party set the standard for disturbingly compelling satires on middle class aspirations.

Desperate to impress, Beverly has invited her neighbours around for a decadent evening of cheese and pineapple sticks and Donna Summer records. But after a copious amount of alcohol, her fantasy cocktail party quickly descends into a night of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting and razor-sharp putdowns as the bleak reality of 1970s suburbia sets back in.

Step across the shagpile, down a gin and tonic and settle in for this vivid revival directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Dangerous Liaisons, The Moors), ‘one of Australia’s most thrilling young directors’ (Time Out).


Director Stephen Nicolazzo and actor Katherine Tonkin discuss reviving Mike Leigh’s iconic work.


You can also download a copy of the show programme for Abigail’s Party before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – ranging from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season here at mtc.com.au/backstage.

Cast & Crew

Zoe Boesen

Zoe Boesen

Angela

Pip Edwards

Pip Edwards

Beverly

Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel Frederiksen

Laurence

Benjamin Rigby

Benjamin Rigby

Tony

Katherine Tonkin

Katherine Tonkin

Susan

Stephen Nicolazzo

Stephen Nicolazzo

Director

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Anna Cordingley

Set Designer

Eugyeene Teh

Eugyeene Teh

Costume Designer

Katie Sfetkidis

Katie Sfetkidis

Lighting Designer

Daniel Nixon

Daniel Nixon

Composer & Sound Designer

Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach

News & Reviews

Reviews

4
Herald Sun

A night of continuous guilty pleasure.

The Telegraph

A classic of excruciatingly comic social embarrassment.

The Independent

Brilliant, awful, vintage Leigh – a party to gatecrash.

The Guardian

Stephen Nicolazzo’s flair for retro makes Mike Leigh’s acerbic 1970s satire perfect for his mainstage directorial debut.

The Age

Venues

Featured Music

“Lost In A Dream”
Written by Stylianos Vlavianos, Charalampe Chalkitis and Cameron Watson
Published by Leros Music France/Premiere Music Group (Allo)
By kind permission of the Music Sales Group

“Love to Love You Baby”
Written by Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer

“Do You Wanna Dance”
Written by Bobby Freeman
Performed by The Ramones

“For Ever and Ever”
Written by Stylianos Vlavianos, Alec R. Costandinos
Performed by Demis Roussos

“Last Dance”
Written by Paul Jabara
Performed by Donna Summer

“Fantasy”
Written by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio
Performed by Earth Wind and Fire

“All Around The World”
Written by Paul Weller
Performed by The Jam

Attendance Information

  • Contains coarse language, sexual references, use of herbal cigarettes and cigars and smoke effects. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

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