Alerted by the smell of gas, neighbours and landlady rouse a woman from a sleep that would have been permanent had she not forgotten to put a shilling in the meter.
It’s just the first in a series of tragicomic twists Terence Rattigan imparts during his masterpiece The Deep Blue Sea.
The woman is Hester Collyer (played here by Helen McCrory), and this is the home she shares with her lover, Freddie Page (Tom Burke), the former RAF and test pilot with whom she fell in love and left a staid marriage for.
But the passion that characterised Hester and Freddie’s courtship is burned out now. Freddie is hitting the bottle when he’s not whacking golf balls at the same club they met. Unable to come to terms with his own predicament, Freddie can’t give her what she needs.
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