by Terence Rattigan
One of Rattigans best known plays tells the story of Hester Collier. It begins with the discovery of Hester in her flat by her neighbours after she has failed in an attempt to commit suicide by gassing herself. Some time before this Hester had left her husband Sir William Collyer, a respectable High Court judge, for Freddie Page, a semi-alcoholic former RAF pilot.
Although their relationship was physical and passionate his ardour has cooled, leaving her emotionally stranded and desperate. The aftershock of Hester’s attempted suicide unravels even the remnants of this relationship. Sir William offers reconciliation but is rejected and there seems every likelihood that she may try again to take her life. This moving story of a failed suicide attempt, of her tempestuous affair and the breakdown of her marriage begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion and behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
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