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Before the Party is one of Rodney Ackland's best constructed plays, involving a murder that lurks beneath the surface of a socially respectable household. It tells the story of a family attempting to return to normal in the wake of the Second World War. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.
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"Rodney Ackland was born in 1908 and after training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, began his theatrical career as an actor and director in regional repertory and West End theatre. He started writing his first play Improper People at the age of fifteen which was staged in the West End in 1929. His subsequent plays included Strange Orchestra, The Old Ladies, After October, The Dark River, The White Guard and The Pink Room, later retitled Absolute Hell. He died in 1991. His plays continue to be performed in all parts of the world. Oberon Books also publishes Ackland: Plays One, Ackland: Plays Two and Absolute Hell."
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