The Cocktail Party, a play written by T.S. Eliot was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949.
- The play focuses on a troubled married couple and their associates. Through the intervention of a rather mysterious individual, the couple settles their problems and move on apparently successfully with their lives. The Christian martyrdom of the male protagonist's lover, is seen as a sacrifice that permits the predominantly secular life of the community to continue. The author himself sums up the play thus :"Whatever you find in it, depends on what you bring to it". '