Opened 31 July 2009
Written: by Caryl Churchill
Directed: Gareth Machin
Cast: Lindsey Coulson, Ian Hart, Hattie Morahan, Paul Ready
Synopsis: A look at human interaction and relationships. One double bed. Two couples. Three short acts of love-tangled conversation that expertly twist and turn, from existential angst to sci-fi films; from explosive arguments to long silences.
Length: 50 mins
What the popular press had to say.....
HENRY HITCHING'S for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The writing lacks the energy and imagination of Churchill’s best work and it feels more like an authorial exercise — a trio of interesting doodles — than a fully developed piece of theatre." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Caryl Churchill's short, 50-minute 1980 play – given for just 10 performances across this month – is a polished gem (with serrated edges) of a bedroom comedy without being at all nice or comfortable." BEN DOWELL for THE STAGE says, "A bold and subtle analysis of the failures and possibilities of communication." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It’s an intelligent, observant study of bedroom conflict that will leave unhappily married insomniacs grateful for sleeping pills." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Nothing Caryl Churchill writes is ever without interest. But this hour long study of bedroom angst, with echoes of Strindberg and premonitions of Sarah Kane, is painfully observant and periodically disquieting but somewhat grimly determinist in its view of intimate relationships." "
Production photos by Richard Hubert Smith