Review: The Mistress Contract, by Abi Morgan at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs

mistress contract royal court posterWhatever I imagined saying about The Mistress Contract, this was not it: it’s a love story. There. I said it.  Abi Morgan’s new play – based on a real life couple whose relationship (sexual and otherwise) is defined by a contract, complete with terms and conditions and clauses for services provided – doesn’t inspire romantic thoughts. But in an unexpected way the absence of romance – a mythical beast of misguided expectations – forges new connections of love and tenderness.

The script is based on conversations the couple recorded over 30 years. We catch up with them in various moments of their common life, always in the same house, often under the same circumstances Continue reading