Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a party in their house. Beverly's husband, Lawrence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff insensitive British middle class way with people who do not know each other, until Beverly and Lawrence start sniping at each other.
Did You Know?
The entire piece is improvised. Mike Leigh
worked with each actor separately to create a character with a history from birth to the present day. Once the characters were fully formed he placed them in the situation and let the action commence. Probably about 90% of each character was left unseen, which is why it appears that Laurence, Sue and Tony are preoccupied with things, but we never discover what they truly are - which adds to the tension. See more
During some scenes, most notable at the start the crew & in particular the sound boom man can be seen clearly reflected in actress Janine Duvitski's (Angela) large glasses. See more
Buy a Broom! Buy a Broom! Buy a Broom and Sweep the Room!
Forever and Ever
Lyrics by Demis Roussos
Sung by Demis Roussos See more