The Deep Blue Sea

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This was a National Theatre production of the Terrence Rattigan play, The Deep Blue Sea, live streamed to Cineworld cinemas.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

As much as I enjoy the jaw dropping CGI and effects of Hollywood’s best they really can’t touch the electricity generated by a top rate theatre production.  The Deep Blue Sea was a stunning piece centred around Helen McCory as the suicidal Hester Collyer, her relationship with her buttoned up husband and her lover, the broken WWII pilot.  After I booked my ticket I balked when I saw I was likely to be in the cinema for THREE hours (including interval) but the time just flew.    And the egg sandwich…wow….I’ve never seen so much story told in the simple act of eating a fried egg sandwich.  Genius!

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