Thursday 8 October 2015
Everyman, Cheltenham

Before the Party

Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Rodney Acklandís bitingly funny play is set in post war Britain when everyone, including the Skinner family is struggling to get back to normal.

If only the blasted government werenít such a nuisance about rations and Cook could get some decent provisions. With daughter Laura returned from South Africa, widowed but not alone, the family prepare for the latest social gathering.

Among the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret which threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

Tom Conti in Before the Party

By Rodney Ackland
Directed by and starring Tom Conti