It is a short play about Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma.
It is set on Christmas Eve 1913 at their home Max Gate, a place that Emma had left a year previously. She returns at the invite of Thomas. It is a very intense, but honest performance, mixed with some humour to lighten the load. The play runs for 75 minutes without intermission which allows you to get involved in the emotional journey that Emma and Thomas take you on.
There are only the two actors on stage, David Newham and Susan Seddon, who do wonderful portrayals as Thomas and Emma. They have a lot of dialogue to remember, but manage to keep it flowing quite naturally. You feel as though you're eavesdropping on the Hardys as they discuss their marriage in a very open and honest manner.
It is a story that many Hardy fans will be familiar with, but I was intrigued to see how it would be presented to us. Don't want to give too much away. All is revealed in the last moments.
The writer and director Wayne Adrian Drew wrote this original piece for the fringe circuit, but it is worthy of a much wider theatre audience. A must see for Hardy fans. Although at the moment there are no plans to take it on tour. Shame, as I would certainly go and see it again, and again.