Theatre Review: Abigail’s Party at The Mac, Belfast

There’s only one party you need to attend this weekend and that’s the hilariously funny Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh, running in The Mac Theatre from 14th April to 5th May.

Set in the heart of the 1970’s (with the décor to match) the play provides an insight into the life of the humorous and brilliant Beverly played by Roisin Gallagher who decides to host a party for her new neighbours, bubbly and loveable Angela (or Angie as Beverly likes to call her) and her relatively boring but handsome husband Tony.

The quiet and reserved Sue also joins the gang, unable to relax however due to the party that her daughter, Abigail (who we never meet) is hosting across the street.

Throughout the course of the play, we enjoy animated versions of personal stories mostly from Beverly and Ange, that has the audience in fits of laughter on many occasions but as the drinks start to hit, we start to see that their lives are not as perfect as first perceived.

With an honest look at marriage, divorce, kids and sickness, Abigail’s Party is a breath of fresh air to those who attend, and I have to admit, at times I didn’t know how the play was going to progress, but I was fully immersed in the story throughout and I really enjoyed the performance.

I would highly recommend you go see this play before it finishes this week. The cast is outstanding with the Essex maintained impeccably at all times. Congratulations to all involved in an incredible performance.

If you’re heading to the Mac to see Abigail’s Party, NATIVE by Yellow Door has created a 70’s inspired menu to coincide with the performance. You can check out the menu here! Whilst I unfortunately didn’t get to sample the menu, I think it’s a great idea and the perfect start to what is undoubtedly a brilliant night out!



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