Abi is told from the viewpoint of a contemporary Abigail who surveys what’s left after her parents’ night before, in response to Mike Leigh’s seminal play, Abigail’s Party.
This fresh new piece of writing, commissioned by Derby Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch as part of the RETOLD series, is by one of Britain’s most exciting new writers, Atiha Sen Gupta.
At 17, Atiha was commissioned by Hampstead Theatre to write What Fatima Did for the main stage in 2009. For this play, she was shortlisted for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright Award and the John Whiting Award in 2010.
Atiha has written further plays for Hampstead Theatre, including State Red, which was directed by Douglas Rintoul, as well as plays for Theatre Uncut/Teater Grob and Theatre Royal Stratford East. From 2016–2017, she was writer-in-residence at Theatre Royal Stratford East and in 2016 she received the IARA award for Best Playwright 2016.
RETOLD is a series of new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre from some of the most exciting female voices in contemporary theatre today. Previous productions have included the critically acclaimed Jinny, and the multi award-winning Joan. RETOLD’s aim is to crack open classic tales and see the story afresh from the perspective of a female character.