“I’ve been wondering where the hell you got the idea that adultery is a little piece of adult behaviour that doesn’t matter very much any more. It’s just an entertainment, right? Something up there in lights to make us snigger and chortle, all we sophisticates. Don’t you know the endless – endless – ache of it - ?”
It should have been an idyllic holiday: a luxury Greek island villa, hot sun, unlimited wine, beach side tavernas and the blue Adriatic Sea lapping on the shore. But for Jack and Elizabeth Barker, their American host Senior Executive Eddie Vosper is an irritating reminder of a recent company buy-out which has resulted in Jack assuming a subordinate position in the Barker family firm.
Supposedly enjoying rest and relaxation in order to bond under the Greek sun, it soon becomes apparent that Eddie – holidaying with his sixteen year old son Clayton and second wife Lucy – is not just after Jack’s business. The cool and attractive Elizabeth has caught his eye and suddenly Jack’s furious outbursts both in the boardroom and now on the beach become more explicable. Add to the mix a sensitive, articulate and dreamy adolescent, poised on the edge of manhood and surrounded by forbidden yearnings and unspoken desires, and we have an explosive cocktail.
Any fan of Dennis Potter, whose compelling plays Pennies From Heaven and The Singing Detective delighted television audiences in the ‘70s and ‘80s will be thrilled with this, his first stage play, published in 1983. Next Stage Theatre Company toured its acclaimed production of Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills to Patron Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. The company is delighted to be staging another masterpiece by one of Britain’s leading 20th Century playwrights.
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This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in March 2011.