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The Event of the Season is a radio play by Perry Pontac. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 14 February 1987 (Saturday Night Theatre banner).

It was his first play for radio.

PlotEdit

A nuclear war might have a disastrous effect on a society lady's garden party...

A comedy.

CastEdit

  • Geraldine McEwan ............ Lady Wulfruna Pendley
  • Maureen Lipman .................................................... Miss Blaines
  • Richard Kane .......................................................... Bransbury
  • George Baker ......................................................... Dr Gastrell
  • Stephen Thorne .......................................................General Sir Filton Sheccles

Directed by Richard Wortley

Critical ReceptionEdit

A send-up of the classical whodunit. It is designedly absurd and outrageous, fizzing with wit and grotesque fancy. The dialogue is very carefully wrought, evoking comparisons with Wilde, Ronald Firbank and Joe Orton. It has some of Orton's flippant brutality and continually confuses the trivial and the profound, like Wilde at his best. There are echoes, too of 'The Admirable Crichton' by Barrie and Giles Cooper's 'Mathry Beacon'. The event of the title is Lady Wulfruna's garden party which has to be shelved when nuclear war breaks out. Much of the action occurs in an underground shelter, where life goes on with the butler in attendance.

(thanks to Jim for additional comments)

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