“ ‘But darling, what will people think if the sister’s wearing mourning and the widow’s dressed in pink?’
“The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren’t such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.
“Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success. ...” – from the Almeida website
“the audience … [gives] yelps of scandalised and delightedly incredulous laughter throughout Matthew Dunster's miraculously well-acted revival of this forgotten 1949 gem by Rodney Ackland... Sheer spiky bliss.” – 5 stars, the Independent
A “masterful revival” of Rodney Ackland’s “bitingly funny” play, “an evening of chic period style and sharp satirical substance”. “Bringing the tale into the realm of ration-book Britain, with all its illicit cravings and imperial hangovers, Ackland delivers a rebuke to hypocrisy and overbearing propriety... If you’re only scoffing at the Skinner household as it faces an inconvenient bombshell moment ahead of an afternoon garden party and not looking closer to home, then you’re rather missing its enduring, darkly comic point.... The production, full of lovely touches and comic subtleties, is chiefly a testament to ensemble virtue... Bravo all round.” – 4 stars, the Telegraph
“A high-flying cast hits all the right notes; Michelle Terry, as hatchet-faced unmarried sister Kathleen, brings the house down with her grimly crisp delivery.... It’s wonderful to see her and Parkinson, two of our very finest younger actresses, square up to each other.” – 4 stars, the Evening Standard
After an initial phase when I made a payment option available for members who wanted me to book tickets for them to sit as part of a group, this option is now closed. Please pick and buy your own ticket, on the Almeida website, or at the box office in person.
I would be grateful if all members can contribute £1 on arrival on the evening (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks very much in advance.
As ever, we'll have dinner after the performance, at Le Mercury Deuxiéme, a few minutes away on Upper Street. We have space for up to 16 people (on a first-come-first-served basis). I'll update the Comments below with dinner numbers as they progress. When you RSVP, if there is space remaining do let me know if you'd like to join us.