Judy and Johnny live a blissful 1950s life. While he readies himself for a day at the office, she twirls around the kitchen preparing his breakfast. They are, they declare, ‘sickeningly happy … utterly content’. The twist that comes at the end of the first scene of Home, I’m Darling has been heavily signposted in pre-publicity, so it’s not giving anything away to say that we are not in the 1950s at all. This is contemporary England, where Judy (Nikki Shiels) has abandoned her job in finance to be a full-time homemaker, leaving real-estate salesman Johnny (Toby Truslove) the sole breadwinner.
Diane Stubbings is a writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her plays have been shortlisted for a number of Australian and international awards, and staged in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand. She has written for The Australian, The Canberra Times and the Sydney Review of Books, and her study of Irish Modernism was published by Palgrave. Diane is currently undertaking practice-based graduate research at VCA, University of Melbourne, investigating intersections between science and theatre.
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