The Mike Leigh stage play that is one of his most scathing and extreme works, aptly described by one commentator as a "cocktail party from hell"
Formidable hostess Beverly and her stressed estate agent husband Laurence are entertaining new neighbours Tony and Angie, as well as Susan, whose daughter Abigail is having a wild teenage party down the road.
Lawrence wants a night of culture, Angie wants another G & T and Beverly wants Tony. Susan just wants to know her house is still standing!
The evening's initial good-will, clichés and fatuous small talk only serve to create a rising tension which finally snaps with a dramatic denouement. You should come prepared to squirm along with the host, hostess, and guests!