Simon Gray’s absorbing and deftly funny play, unperformed since 1995, explores how personal freedom is an illusion and even friendship must have carefully circumscribed limits in a world where deception is a reflex response.
Gray wrote more than 30 plays for stage and television, including Quartermaine's Terms, Butley, Otherwise Engaged, The Common Pursuit and Japes. He also wrote five novels as well as a series of memoirs that include The Smoking Diaries trilogy and Coda.
Edward Hall has directed some of Hampstead’s biggest hits including the Olivier Award winning musical Sunny Afternoon, Filthy Business, Rabbit Hole, Chariots of Fire and Wonderland.
Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London, 1961. One of Britain’s most notorious double agents, George Blake, is serving a 42 year sentence – that is, until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Irish petty criminal, Sean Bourke. Both men are eccentric outsiders, and each sees the possibility of escape – and not just from prison - through the other. But once on the outside, can their mutual dependence survive the mounting pressures they face from MI5, from the KGB - and indeed from themselves?