Razor sharp, engaging and intelligent, there is certainly plenty to enjoy in Christopher Adams’ thriller Tumulus that effectively explores issues such as addiction and loneliness as the story of an unexplained death unfolds.
A same tired storyline is given a jolt of electricity in playwright Christopher Adams’ Tumulus at Vault Festival.
On the one hand, that the VAULT Festival has expanded to over 300 shows running over eight weeks is fantastic news for the emerging theatremakers that it supports.
Abigail’s Party was quite ground-breaking in its day, with the incomparable Mike Leigh at the helm and Alison Steadman heading up the cast as Beverly, it made waves on screen and on stage. The production that is currently on UK tour keeps to the essentials that are familiar to those who have encountered the show before.
Strains of Donna Summer and Demis Roussos on the turntable, flock wallpaper and a retro bar, can only be setting the scene for Mike Leigh’s classic piece, Abigail’s Party. Devised and directed by Mike Leigh in 1977, the television incarnation starred Alison Steadman as nightmare hostess, Beverly and is an iconic masterpiece.
One man’s psychological problems make for a powerful thriller that digs deep into our current anxieties.