Dinner by Moira Buffini

bookshelves: autumn-2015, play-dramatisation, radio-3, published-2002

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 22 to 23, 2015

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pv42w

Description: Moira Buffini’s outrageous comedy Dinner started life in the National Theatre’s Loft in 2002, and became her first West End smash. In this brand new production, adapted by the writer for Drama on 3, Harriet Walter returns to the role she created: Paige, the hostess and architect of an evening which her guests will never forget. Two other original leads, Nicholas Farrell and Penny Downie, and four new cast members, join her in this viciously black chamber piece about appetite, which will make you think twice about ever accepting another invitation to dinner. Part of the BBC On Stage season.

Moira Buffini’s Olivier award-winning comedy about the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, Handbagged, is currently on national tour, after the original Tricycle production directed by Indhu Rubasingham became a sell-out West End run. And her collaboration with Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris, the gaming musical wonder.land, is about to open at the National Theatre, having headlined the Manchester International Festival this year. These, along with her screenplays for movies Jane Eyre (directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga), Tamara Drewe (directed by Stephen Frears) and Byzantium (directed by Neil Jordan), and her previous play for the National, the political fable Welcome to Thebes (directed by Richard Eyre), have all demonstrated Buffini’s appetite for political engagement, fast-moving wit, and a delight in satirising our own times.

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