The play - set in a garden in Balham, south London, in summertime – concerns a homecoming. Against a backdrop of birds, lawnmowers and children at play, old friends Frank and Laura make bitter small talk, never daring to bring out in the open the tragedy that occurred the previous summer.
Duncan, a respected stage actress, leads the cast. She has recently appeared in the National s 1997 production of Harold Pinter s The Homecoming and, last year, featured in the Almeida s production of Celebration. On television, she has appeared in Stephen Poliakoff s Shooting the Past and Dirty Tricks with Martin Clunes.
Mouth to Mouth is Elyot s second play for the Royal Court. His first, My Night with Reg, premiered at the Theatre Upstairs in 1994 before transferring to the Criterion and Playhouse Theatres in the West End. In 1994/95, it won Best Comedy honours at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Elyot s other plays include Coming Clean (Bush Theatre) and, most recently, The Day I Stood Still (National).