By Moira Buffini
11th – 15th June 2019
Directed by Morgan Sweeney
This amateur production of Dinner is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company.
Lars is celebrating the fact that his popular philosophy book Beyond Belief has become a bestseller. His wife Paige (a self-confessed ‘Uberbitch’) plans a surprise dinner party to mark the occasion: Primordial Soup, followed by Apocalypse of Lobster and, for dessert, Frozen Waste. Her guests include an artist, a scientist and an attractive news journalist. Then Mike (a stranger marooned in the fog after crashing his van) arrives unexpectedly. Add a mysterious waiter, hired from an obscure website, and you have a recipe for the dinner party from hell.
Moira Buffini is one of Britain’s wittiest playwrights and this chilling black comedy will have audiences laughing one moment and flinching in disbelief the next.
‘Irresistibly entertaining and downright moreish’ Daily Telegraph
‘Delicious bad-taste comedy’ Guardian
Warning: This play contains swearing and offensive language.
A Workington Playgoers Production
REVIEW: Dinner by Workington Playgoers, at the Theatre Royal until tomorrow
Workington Playgoers have a delicious black comedy at the town’s Theatre Royal. Dinner is a modern play by Moira Buffini. The language in the play is explicit at times, but director Morgan Sweeney, who also takes the part of micro-biologist Hal, has said that along with modern plays comes modern language and while this play will not be to
everyone’s taste, it is necessary for the theatre to vary its repertoire to attract different audiences.
The comedy chiller is set at a dinner party, under the guise of a celebratory meal, given by host Paige, to toast the success of her husband’s new philosophy book, Beyond Belief.
Guests at the macabre dinner party are all middle class. They are free-thinking artist Wynne, played incredibly believably by Alison Shutt, detached newsreader Sian, played by Karen Mountfound, her mismatched husband micro-biologist Hal, and philosopher Lars, played by Stewart Grant, all joining acidic host Paige, portrayed by Jacqui Walker.
On the menu is Primordial Soup, followed by Apocalypse of Lobster and, for dessert, Frozen Waste. A surprise guest crashes into their party, and their observations provide the group with plenty of food for thought. With an ominous waiter proceeding over the event, doubt is cast on the possibility of the night ending happily.
While this play might not appeal to everyone the theatre has to move with the times, so it is to the credit of the Playgoers to attempt something so different. The play runs until June 15, with tickets available from the box office or on the door.
LYNNE WILD Times & Star
Theatre serves up a darkly delicious, cutting-edge comedy
Actors at Workington’s Theatre Royal will tackle a chilling black comedy for their next production.
Dinner, by Moira Buffini, will be directed by Morgan Sweeney who said: “‘This is a play of ideas and a social satire with some very sharp dialogue and some psychologically twisted characters that the cast have really enjoyed portraying.
“We think the audience will find it exposes issues that are well worth discussing long after the play is over and will also enjoy the frequent moments of tart observation and broad comedy.”
The play features Lars, who is celebrating the fact that his popular philosophy book Beyond Belief has become a bestseller. His wife Paige (a self-confessed ‘Uberbitch’) plans a surprise dinner party to mark the occasion and offers up some bizarre courses – Primordial Soup, followed by Apocalypse of Lobster and, for dessert, Frozen Waste.
Guests to the dinner party include an artist, a scientist and a news journalist. Then add a stranger who joins the party after crashing his van and getting lost in the fog, plus one very mysterious waiter and you have a recipe for the dinner party from hell!
The play does contain some strong language.
Dinner runs from June 11 to 15 at Theatre Royal, Workington.
Tickets are available at £11.50 (£10.50 concessions) online from or leave a message for the Theatre Royal Box Office on O19OO 6O3161.
Preview from Times & Star
Doors open: 6:30pm
Running Time: 2.5 hours
Date:Tues 11th – Sat 15th June 2019