Although the story we see doesn't quite reflect the synopsis, I suspect that this is as a result of continued honing and improvementt of the script, which is now a delightful gem of a piece. Lucinda is throwing a party but has new staff with a limited grasp of English, a stroppy daughter and bunch of problems that she is trying to hide. This is a one woman show ith many characters, Bettine plays Lucinda and the rest, the remaining 10, exist only in our minds as Lucinda invites them in, talks to them and reacts to them.
This was a beautifully performed piece, a mastery of the form. We could believe utterly in all of those present and at no point were we in any doubt about their moods or locations. Although we heard only one side, all conversations were natural and credible a tribute to what I thought one of the outstanding performances I have seen at this year's festival.