In fact, it's two for the price of one, a matched pair of cunningly interlocked tales of dislocation, linked and spun with a truly startling degree of theatricality. In Hearts' Desire, a family wait for a daughter to return after years abroad in an increasingly hilarious version of the parlour game Consequences. The moving Blue Kettle centres upon a con-trick perpertrated by an increasingly sad man playing on the emotions of motherly women. Max Stafford-Clark's superbly detailed production contains performances of finesse and pathos, and after a national and international tour, it's back. This is theatre writing at its best, and at a time when too many playwrights think that structure and plot are the same thing and that compassion is synonymous with sentimentality, Blue Heart is a heady pleasure.
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