The action takes place during a roving dinner party where each course is held in a different home, providing surprises along the way.
Adam and Daniel, two brothers trying to keep their rundown farm afloat, whose father has recently died in ambiguous circumstances, are to serve the hors d’oeuvres.
The main course is to be provided by the Voyseys: Lol, a bumptious small-minded businessman and Esther, full of romantic notions about an ideal country life existence in their converted barn with its posh new conservatory, who are striving to be part of the snobbish Cheshire elite.
The dessert course is in the hands of local antique dealer Inga. But, realising she was spun a fictitious tale about the brothers’ old kitchen table to push the price up, she leaves the party in a huff. The evening appears to be falling apart.
And then there’s the table…. over which elaborate storytelling sparks off a series of events, forcing everyone to make confessions about secrets and lies. The truth will out – or will it?
Tim Firth is well known for ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘The Safari Party’ is a touching and witty comedy about truth, reality, attitudes and relationships – and a table.
6–10 March 2018
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