(Drew McAdam’s article appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News, 4/22.)
Although she gives it a light touch, it is no less dramatic and moving for that.
Whereas the original tale of deception and betrayal was set in the world of law and finance, in this production the background is one of politics. The introduction of potential media involvement gives it an astonishingly contemporary feel.
The ideal wife, Nora Vaughan, wonderfully portrayed by Amy Manson, places herself in debt and commits fraud in an attempt to protect her husband and safeguard his career.
However, her actions dictate that her cosy family world will unravel.
Hywel Simons as Thomas, the self-regarding MP recently promoted to a cabinet position, is overpowering without being overbearing.
Meanwhile, Manson’s Nora cuts a handsome and commanding figure. At times intense and feisty, at others playful, she generates a sympathy that makes it easy to fully identify with the character. Hence, when she descends into a world of distress and frantic agitation, she takes the audience with her.
There is real shock when her demonstration of a dance turns into delirium.