The Deep Blue Sea
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A drama by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Patricia Richardson

23rd-28th October 2006 at 7.45pm

 


Synopsis:

More than half a century after its premiere, Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea remains one of the most powerfully moving dramas to have been written in England since the Second World War.

Set against the backdrop of 1950s London, Hester Collyer leaves her husband for the younger man she so passionately and desperately loves, an ex-fighter pilot, who is having his own problems adjusting to post-war life.

Things don’t turn out quite as she had hoped. Faced with an uncertain future, Hester struggles to come to terms with her situation — after all “when you’re between any kind of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea sometimes looks very inviting…” Is it to be the end of the affair?

This is a powerful drama about love and its illogicality, hope and despair, grief and ultimately loneliness.


The Cast:

Hester Collyer
:
Louise Thomas
Mrs Elton
:
Jennifer Davidson
Philip Welch
:
Adam Donoghue
Ann Welch
:
Kathryn Lloyd
Mr Miller
:
Crispin Goodall
William Collyer
:
William Franklin
Freddie Page
:
Paul Oliver
Jackie Jackson
:
Peter Beebee

Review:

by Linda Kirkman, Theatre Critic for the Daily Echo.

"BLTC has a reputation for attention to detail, so the set and costumes for this Terence Rattigan drama look every inch the 1950s period they represent. And since the script calls for cigarette smoking, that too is done — despite the building being a non-smoking venue.

"But I wouldn't have wanted it to be any other way, because a sense of reality in the theatre is what makes all the difference between good and outstanding. And outstanding is the only way to describe this production, superbly directed by Patricia Richardson, which centres round the age-old theme of a woman leaving her husband for the man she loves, only to find that love does not conquer all.

"Louise Thomas skilfully inhabits the character of Hester Collyer, bringing a real depth of emotion to the role, and she is equally matched by Paul Oliver as her lover, Freddie Page — a character whose true feelings I imagine were disguised by Rattigan to comply with 1950s English law.

"Crispin Goodall makes a fine impression too as the mysterious Mr Miller, and there are also good characterisations from Adam Donoghue (Philip Welch), William Franklin (William Collyer), Jennifer Davidson (Mrs Elton), Peter Beebee (Jackie Jackson) and Kathryn Lloyd (Ann Welch)."

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