PODS delight with a seventies classic

PODS will be performing Abigail's Party at the Key Theatre from September 8 to 12.

PODS will be performing Abigail's Party at the Key Theatre from September 8 to 12.

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Following their most recent triumph with The Addams Family in the main theatre and two sell out plays Stepping Out and Habeus Corpus, award winning local society, PODS, continue their run of iconic theatrical showpieces with the much loved Mike Leigh classic: ‘Abigail’s Party.’

Set in that late seventies’ era when browns, beiges and oranges ruled our décor and Demis Roussos and Donna Summer dominated the airwaves, the monster that is Beverly invites the neighbours round for drinks and nibbles. What happens next is a mixture of high farce and Greek tragedy set in suburbia.

Whilst the rock music from Susan’s teenage daughter’s party blares out ominously, much drink and many pineapple and cheesy treats are consumed until something has to give. The tension builds unbearably to one of the most shocking finales in modern drama.

Actress Alison Steadman and writer director Mike Leigh made their names with this classic.

Thus, Peterborough’s oldest amateur dramatic society boasts a strong cast for this piece of theatrical magic including newcomer Amanda Villamor who has played many leading roles professionally before settling in the local area recently.

Directed by Sandra Samwell and performed by a society at the top of its game, this version of an old favourite is bound to ‘Light Your Fire’ as Jose Feliciano sings so memorably to set the scene for this assured success. You are advised to book early.

Performances run from Tuesday, September 8, to Saturday, September 12, at 7.45pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets are available from the Key box office on 01733 207239 or via www.vivacity-peterborough.com priced at £10.