Winner of London's Olivier Award, the play follows two triangular relationships at different periods of time: 1958 and 2008.
In '58, Sylvia, who is married to Philip, invites Oliver to join them at their home for dinner and drinks. Oliver is a gay writer of children's fiction, although he does not identify as such, reflecting the mores of the 50s. During dinner and drinks, we're not sure if the energy between the two men is of our imagination, or something much deeper and disguised within the cocktail chat.
Moving 50 years into the future, a different Oliver and Philip are in a tormented relationship, largely because of Oliver's sexual addiction. Sylvia is their friend, trying to patch things between them. Sylvia frames it as something she 'feels' in the room.
The play jumps back and forth in time, revealing that the release of the repressive sexual feelings of the 50s would not necessarily lead to healthy relationships, 50 years later.
The plexiglas set and furniture add to the feeling that what seems to be transparent and free is, in fact, entirely opaque and disguised.
A challenging, illuminating production of a fascinating play.
In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. - See more at: http://www.thewallis.org/pride#sthash.VMoY8Kyu.dpuf