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Buffet

By Rhys Adrian. Tony Britton is a businessman hounded by the failing economy and his increasingly hazardous extra-marital affair, getting slowly drunk at a corporate buffet. A victim of the ‘last turkey in the shop’ syndrome that afflicted strands such as Play for Today, this play had to be produced on a shoestring, big productions such as Bar Mitzvah Boy having eaten substantial chunks of the season’s budget. Hence various locations are faked in studio, with a mix of Colour Separation Overlay onto static backgrounds, and highly unrealistic astroturfed sets – a bizarre and distracting treatment. With Amanda Barrie, Nigel Hawthorne, Robin Bailey and Phyllida Law.

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