This play for one man and one woman takes place in what
appears at first to be a hospital waiting room. The man (Barry) seems to have
been taken ill and his wife Audrey has brought him in to get help. She talks to
him with forced cheerfulness, playing games like I Spy, singing songs etc. but
he remains silent and it’s clear that they are both very distressed by their
situation. Clues emerge that the family is financially not very well off and
that Barry has suffered some kind of breakdown.
In the next scene Audrey visits her husband after he has
been at the ‘hospital’ for some time. She is obviously benefiting from her
independence and has got a new job. References are made to an incident when her
husband was violent towards her and to the pills he is supposed to be taking,
and we start to suspect that perhaps this is some kind of mental health
hospital. Again Barry doesn’t speak.
In the final scene Audrey visits her husband again, this
time to say goodbye for the last time. He seems to have regressed to childlike
behaviour, playing with a ball and making train noises. Finally he speaks at
the very end, to call her name as she leaves.