“When you’re between any kind of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea sometimes looks very inviting.”
The play opens with Hester Collyer’s first suicide attempt: originally written as a one-act play in which she was successful, Rattigan ultimately found it more appealing to explore the psyche of a person on the precipice of despair. Hester has left her well-off and kindly husband William in favour of the desirable yet emotionally reticent Freddie, and now finds herself trapped in a loveless relationship without an escape route. She cannot fathom going back to her husband but when Freddie forgets her birthday she can no longer cope with her current relationship. The only exit she sees is taking her own life but, after some bracing advice from the enigmatic and stoic Mr Miller, she finds herself willing to reconsider.
(Text from Camdram)
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Hester Collyer – Saskia West
Freddie Page – Robert Hawkins
Jackie Jackson – Ed Bankes
Mrs Elton – Olly Francis
Ann Welch – Bel Bale
Philip Welch – Jamie P Robson
Mr Miller – Jerome Burelbach
Sir William Collyer – John Wheatley
Director – Alistair Henfrey
Assistant Director – Emily Fish
Casting Director – Jessica Murdoch
Producer – Leila Cazaly
Publicity Designer – Phoebe Flatau
Associate Director – Nina Vinther
Assistant Producer – Sophie Scott
Stage Manager – Juliette Charis
Rehearsal Photographer – Johannes Hjorth