One couple is always naked – one couple is always watching.
Four-time Australian Writers’ Guild Award Winner, Ron Elisha, brings his new play, Window, to London’s Bread & Roses Theatre, later this month.
Window, directed by Dave Spencer, is an honest portrayal of a young married couple, a gritty show of how things can go wrong and not turn out exactly as expected.
What if one day you looked out of your window and what you saw changed your life forever?
Grace and Jimmy are in their late twenties. They have a house and a child. They like normal things – TV, takeaway, and travel.
But when Grace notices a rather athletic display taking place in a neighbour’s bedroom, she begins to watch, and so does Jimmy.
And before long, neither of them can look away.
Director Dave Spencer, co-producer of The So & So Arts Club, says that it is is a story which deserves to be told.
“The two characters, Grace and Jimmy, appear to be living a normal life, and then suddenly, without warning, their lives are turned upside down – but not in the way you’d expect.
“Ron has written a wonderful treatment of the trials of suffering with pre and post-natal depression, and the possibility that it can become a form of psychosis.
“Window also tackles the insipid social media addiction of the modern age, the narcissism inherent in our everyday lives, in that we can no longer look at ourselves without looking at others.
“We see our own reflection in the window that is supposed to show us the world.
“Along with the glut of reality TV and the self-regarding proliferation of social media, we play out an idealised version of our life publicly, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
“What is private and public has become so blurred that we have no longer have any idea who we are.”
The co-production, from Another Soup and The So & So Arts Club, is a minutely observed piece about domesticity and voyeurism that promises to be an exploration of emotional truth like no other.
It stars Idgie Beau and Charles Warner and is both a diverting and unnerving piece of new writing.
Window is guaranteed to leave you smirking long into the night, while you lie awake in bed wondering what your neighbours might be getting up to.
Window runs at The Bread & Roses Theatre, Clapham Manor Street, from August 29 – September 16.