Men behave in a beastly, chauvinistic manner at an office party, turning what should be a fun break from work into an exercise in bad taste.

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Dickie
Ray Brooks ...
Paul
George A. Cooper ...
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Julia
Venetia Maxwell ...
Rachel
Giles Block ...
Roy
Jane Hilary ...
Boofie
Peter Denyer ...
Cracker
Diana King ...
Audrey
Susan Field ...
Esther
Georgina Simpson ...
Ellen
Jacqueline Afrique ...
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Sid Boatman ...
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Men behave in a beastly, chauvinistic manner at an office party, turning what should be a fun break from work into an exercise in bad taste.

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17 August 1971 (UK)  »

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snapshot of office life
24 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This play centres on a retirement do where office workers and their partners gather to say goodbye to their bank manager (George A Cooper). Aside from the jollities associated with his departure is the back story of a bored secretary (Angharad Rees) who has a little secret which might have a big impact on her future.

Rees, an impish flirt, contrasts with her mousy friend, her wide-boy boyfriend (Ray Brooks), and caring colleague (Peter Denyer). Her boss, Peter Barkworth, at first comes across as a stickler to rules who does not see his subordinates as people - but as we get to know him and them better, we see what is going on beneath the surface.

Written by Fay Weldon, this drama is sharply observed with a realistic view of office politics within its one bank set. With cynical older women, jealous wives, and bubble-headed girls, it feels very much of its time, but somehow still reaches out to an audience forty years later.


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