"He just used people, and he finished with them, and that was that". At a time when Britten's talent is being celebrated throughout Suffolk, Robin Brooks' irreverent comedy reveals what it was like to be up close and personal with a 20th Century genius. During the early heady days of the Aldeburgh festival when Britten and Pears held court, how did the ?Friends of Ben' feel when they were picked up and then dumped in quick succession? This was a household seething with more rivalry and jealousy than a whole series of the Borgias. "It was like a girls' school, or a court - crushes, favourites, who's in, who's out". A chamber musical with cabaret songs.