Wokingham Theatre: 'The Deep Blue Sea'
Thursday 3rd May
to Saturday 12th May
The Deep Blue Sea
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU
Wokingham Theatre: Terence Rattigan's 'The Deep Blue Sea'
One of Rattigan's best known plays tells the story of Hester Collyer. It begins with the discovery of Hester in her flat by her neighbours after she has failed in an attempt to commit suicide by gassing herself. Some time before this Hester had left her husband Sir William, a respectable High Court judge, for Freddie Page, a semi-alcoholic former RAF pilot.
Although their relationship was physical and passionate his ardour has cooled, leaving her emotionally stranded and desperate. The aftershock of Hester's attempted suicide unravels even the remnants of this relationship. Sir William offers reconciliation but is rejected and there seems every likelihood that she may try again to take her life.
This moving story of a failed suicide attempt, of her tempestuous affair and the breakdown of her marriage begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion, and behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
Directed by Nigel Lawson Dick.
Tickets: £12 can be booked online from the theatre.
More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.