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The Safari Party

by Tim Firth

On-stage at the Devonshire Studio, Chatsworth Centre, West Gate, Long Eaton
Thursday 9th November - Saturday 11th November 2006


Three households in Cheshire have agreed to hold a "safari party" - a dinner party, each course of which is served in a different house. The hors d'oeuvres are served by Daniel and Adam, young brothers whose abusive father was recently shot dead, the entrees by Lol and Esther, upwardly-mobile and vulgar, and deserts by Inga, a seemingly benign antiques dealer. The three households are linked not just socially, however: there's the whole question of the table ... The brothers sold it to Inga, inventing a slightly colourful history for it to increase its value, and she then re-sold it at a staggering profit - with even more elaborate storytelling - to Lol and Esther. As the evening progresses, the many layers of truth about the table, some shocking, are revealed and violence flares.

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Martin Holtom Lol
Martin Holtom
Liz Turner  Esther
Liz Turner
Charlotte Lloyd  Bridget
Charlotte Lloyd
Paul Norris  Adam
Paul Norris
John Lomas  Daniel
John Lomas
Janet Lomas  Inga
Janet Lomas
Sylvia Holmes Director
Sylvia Holmes

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