man's hand with wedding ring grasping woman's arm


by Joanna Murray Smith

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What is loyalty? Isn't it just resistance to change?

First produced in Melbourne in 1995, then at the National Theatre in 2003, reviews described as this play as "an absolute gem". It takes a wrenchingly honest look at a familiar theme - the break up of a thirty-two year marriage.

The comfortable existence of literary critic George, his devoted wife Honor and daughter Sophie is shattered by the arrival of ambitious young journalist Claudia. Not only does Claudia take Honor's husband but she berates the older woman for sacrificing her early talent for writing.

However, the shifting power play between the four characters brings surprising twists as they question the very nature of love. What is more important - passion or shared history and commitment? Is love essentially selfish? Or do the compromises involved prevent individual fulfillment? The bittersweet themes are explored with frankness and humour.

The play contains some strong language and sexual content.

at the Welsh Church Hall
879 Leytonstone High Road
E11 1HR

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8 adults, 5 concessions
Special rate for parties*

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Fri 1 June 2012, 8pm
Sat 2 June 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 8 June 2012, 8pm
Sat 9 June 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

*1 free full price ticket for every 9 (full price and/or concessions) booked. If booking online, please pay for all tickets and a cash refund will be given at the Box Office. Note there is now no longer any extra charge for booking online.

Honor Liz Braithwaite
George William Barklam
Sophie Rebecca O'Reilly
Claudia Emily Stephens
Director Sharon Trotter
Producer Jackie Withnall
Assistant Director/Stage Manager Kimber Heath-Renn
Assistant Stage Managers Danny Mullings, Ruth Rouse
Lighting Design and Operation Declan McGuire
Sound Design Peter Raggett
Sound Operation Amine Yahia Cherif
Front of House Manager Colin Heinink
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Poster design: Gill Taylor; Photograph: Jeannette Tucker