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The Deep Blue Sea | A portrait of long repressed passion

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Helen McCrory in the National Theatre'’s ‘The Deep Blue Sea’.

The National Theatre's The Deep Blue Sea encores at Palace Cineplex this Sunday. Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite following the acclaimed Medea in 2014.

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.