Terence Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea comes to Sutton
Attempted suicide, intense love and serious drama will be encapsulated in a performance at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, writes Sophia Sleigh.
Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club will perform The Deep Blue Sea, considered by many to be one of Terence Rattigan’s finest plays.
The play was written in 1951 and is set immediately after the Second World War.
It tells the story of Hester Collyer, her rich talented judge husband and her lover Freddie, who is neither Hester’s moral nor intellectual equal. The director, David Page says: "The relationship between Freddie and Hester is quite intense and does involve quite serious acting.
"Rattigan writes incredibly well therefore it’s quite easy to get into the character.
"It’s quite dramatic. The leading lady has tried to commit suicide before the play begins. She is found by the gas fire.
"Her boyfriend has gone off to play golf and has forgotten her birthday.
"The play is about her coming to terms with him not wanting her.
"When she tries to commit suicide her neighbours discover she’s not married to the young man she’s married to a famous judge.
"He comes round and desperately tries to get her back."
Hester tries to conceal the attempted suicide from Freddie. However, he finds the suicide note and decides that if he is causing her so much pain he should leave her.
He is offered a job as a test pilot in South America and decides to go without her.
The plot deals with conflicting pressures on Hester to decide what to do with her life.
Mr Miller, an ex-doctor attempts to help Hester navigate her journey between hope and despair.
What happens to Hester? Well you will have to pay a visit to the Charles Cryer Theatre to find out.
The Deep Blue Sea, Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, 39 High Street, Carshalton, 13-16 June, Eve 7.45pm, Wed £8, Thur £10/8 concs, Fri £11, Sat £11, 020 8770 6990, visit suttontheatres.co.uk.