‘Abi’s House Party’ – Watford Palace Young Theatre

02/02/2022 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘Abi’s House Party’ – Watford Palace Young Theatre by Jan Moran Neil
Parties, parties, parties. They seem to be the talk of the town at this moment. It was a bit like having a party with the Watford Palace Young Theatre last week: a whole day online as a dramaturg. When I applied for the job I didn’t know I was one but the lovely Vedi Roy who is Creative Facilitator at the Watford Palace Young Theatre assured me my CV had all the credentials. So we set about creating characters and thinking about a plot for Abi and her mates. Abi is Sue’s daughter and Sue is at a house party being given by Mike Leigh’s Beverley in ‘Abigail’s Party’. Abi has her own ideas … These young people are full of ideas and are devising, producing and performing this play on 6th and 7th April at the Watford Palace Theatre. Will they be doing anything illegal at this party? I couldn’t comment and I don’t know if I attended until I am told. But try and attend in April – it sounds – well, hugely topical.
The previous evening I was reading from my novel ‘Shakespeare’s Clock’ (available on Amazon, all major retailers and my publishers Cranthorpe Millner – please leave a review if you liked it) at a veritable bun feast for Mary’s book club in Amersham who looked set to have a ball when I left them.
I couldn’t have asked for nicer and more organised hosts. Thank you Mary and Vedi and thank you Ruth Mestel who stepped in to help facilitate as Vedi had just bagged the role of Claudius in Hamlet at the National Theatre. Wow, Vedi!

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