This play for one man and one woman takes place in what appears at first to be a hospital waiting room. The man (Barry) seems to have been taken ill and his wife Audrey has brought him in to get help. She talks to him with forced cheerfulness, playing games like I Spy, singing songs etc. but he remains silent and it’s clear that they are both very distressed by their situation. Clues emerge that the family is financially not very well off and that Barry has suffered some kind of breakdown.
In the next scene Audrey visits her husband after he has been at the ‘hospital’ for some time. She is obviously benefiting from her independence and has got a new job. References are made to an incident when her husband was violent towards her and to the pills he is supposed to be taking, and we start to suspect that perhaps this is some kind of mental health hospital. Again Barry doesn’t speak.
In the final scene Audrey visits her husband again, this time to say goodbye for the last time. He seems to have regressed to childlike behaviour, playing with a ball and making train noises. Finally he speaks at the very end, to call her name as she leaves.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Setting: A hospital waiting room
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Barry - her husband