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Tiny, gamine, engaging and with a winning smile, Carey Mulligan, stands alone centre stage, barefoot, her blonde hair scraped back and tells us how, at 25, she first met her husband – waiting to board an easyJet flight from Italy.

Despite taking an immediate dislike to him, she’s quickly won over by his unexpected ability to cut though the crap when a couple of model types try to queue jump. 

The translucent egg-shell blue background intermittently gives way to a domestic setting or a shopping precinct, the brief blaze of colours swiftly bleeding  away to leave just a few bright splashes – an orange mug, a child’s toy -  in  Es Devlin’s taunting set which suggests that things aren’t quite what they seem. Here Mulligan (the sole performer who is never named) interacts with children we cannot see – her squabbling son and older daughter-  in ordinary, everyday domesticity. The little boy seems to have a particularly destructive bent.

Slowly her story is revealed in Dennis Kelly’s 90 minute monologue – the fate of her husband’s business, her unexpected success in documentary film making. the changes in their marriage.

It wouldn’t be fair to reveal too much – the pleasure and the pain is all there in Mulligan’s performance, Returning to the theatre where she made her stage debut as a teenager 13 years ago, she’s magnetic in Lyndsey Turner’s engrossing production.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square

Until 17th March 2018

£12.00 - £45.00



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