The Slaves of Solitude

The Slaves of Solitude $14.99

Nicholas Wright

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
"I don't know how I became so filled with hate. I find it shocking that I did. Somebody said to me that war affects us in all kinds of ways, and that drinking is only one of them. Perhaps hating people is another. Perhaps sex is too"

1943, Henley-on-Thames

Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, a place as grey and lonely as its residents

From the safety of these new quarters, her war effort now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr Thwaites

But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American lieutenant

And things start to look distinctly brighter

That is, until a new boarder moves into the room next to Miss Roach's

Outwardly friendly, she soon starts upsetting the precarious balance in the house

Nicholas Wright's adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's much-loved and admired novel about an improbable wartime heroine weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy

The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2017


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