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De Beauvoir party set to celebrate iconic ’70s satire play

PUBLISHED: 17:35 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:35 12 March 2015

Abigail's party

Abigail's party

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Lava lamps, loud wallpaper and the classic cheese and pineapple combo are all set to feature in a fun, new dining event inspired by an iconic seventies play.

Pop-up dining duo The Art of Dining have taken the much-loved Mike Leigh satire Abigail’s Party and brought it to life with a five-course immersive experience in De Beauvoir.

The play is based on a dinner party hosted by Beverly Moss, who invites her neighbours over for an evening where awkwardness ensues, in a fun parody of the emerging middle-class in the seventies.

The event will combine food from Moro-trained Ellen Parr, theatre and music – all taking place in a replica of Beverly’s famous living room in the Rose Lipman Building, in De Beauvoir Road.

Set designer Alice Hodge said: “Ellen and I have always loved Mike Leigh. When we found the Rose Lipman Building we knew it would work well for a seventies event and it has always been on the backburner.

“We are transforming the space but it already comes with velvet curtains, orange chairs, and untouched toilets so it is a big space to really have fun with dressing.”

Culinary classics from the era will be presented with a twist, such as a Thai influenced prawn cocktail and an updated Waldorf salad.

Mousse and fonudue will get a similar treatment and nods to Leigh’s screenplay promise cringe-worthy hosting and awkward scenes as a ‘Beverly’ actress mulls about the room - all of which should fade away for guests in a gin and tonic tinted haze.

Alice said the pair chose the seventies theme due to the amount of material in the play to host a cool and fun event.

She said: “It’s a great play for subtleties and it’s really engrossing to watch because you almost feel like you are in the room with them as one of the guests. The seventies is such a fun era for me as a set designer to use as inspiration. The objects are funny-looking for us now but dressing a room with such bright patterns and colours is a really visually exiting thing to do.

“I think people are up for that as it is an era we don’t have at home anymore.”

Attendees can book a ticket for dinner, or for drinks at the bar which overlooks the dining room so people can watch the events unfold from a safe distance while sipping on seventies cocktails.

To book, visit the theartofdining.co.uk.


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