All the actors take their characters very seriously, though the outstanding performance in Bruce James’ production is that of Nick Dutton as Billy, wordless child choking in a frustrated adult’s body. You can feel for the way he is both looked after and looked to be used by everyone around him, a double-edged tool in fact. His main manipulator is Mark (Ross Hugill), a frightening drifter whose dream fantasies and belief in reincarnation are ultimately destructive as well as inspirational.
Perry James (Charlie Kemp) is the fulcrum of the drama, a fashionable hairdresser caught between a bitch of an actress wife and her younger, prettier sister whose in the process of turning from decorative kitten into sharp-clawed cat. Gemma Bissix manages the transition very well, which eases Kemp’s need to make Perry’s journey from a business man more or less in command to everyone’s patsy credible. Julia Binns makes Anne into a bitch of the first water, secure in her monetary dominance and thus riding for the most lethal of falls.