The Cold Buffet, Paperback / softback Book

The Cold Buffet Paperback / softback

Part of the Modern Plays series

Paperback / softback

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We're family. We don't have to like each other. Things are never easy for Ellis when the family gets together.

A dad who doesn't get him, a cousin who can do no wrong, a (not-so-passive) aggressive grandma, his dad's latest intolerable girlfriend and a grandpa in an urn are just some of the things Ellis has to contend with.

When it begins to become tradition at these occasions for true feelings to be unearthed, is it finally time for Ellis to cut ties?Set in the back room of a social club, away from the main action, the play takes us through a wake, a wedding and a christening, and lifts the lid on the tensions behind every family ritual.

Many things change over the years but something that will always remain is the same cold buffet.

Elijah Young's epic comedy The Cold Buffet follows the McCarthy family over five years of life, death and love.

It's a delicious North East family saga laced with dry humour and a good dose of interpersonal tension. This edition was published to coincide with the world premiere at Newcastle's Live Theatre, in October 2023.


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