In three subtly-linked acts, three pairs of teachers discuss love and lust with boldness and honesty, as Eldridge studies unrequited affection, obsession, sex, and even being happy.
Nick and Helen have been friends for three years since they slept together once, but they’ve got very different feelings about Nick taking a new job at a public school. In the next act, a drunken Michelle is very determined to sleep with her faithful confidant, the virginal history teacher Graham, but the recital of her various liaisons leads to a sinister reversal of the seduction. Finally, two older teachers, Robert and Anne, who have spent the school holidays together for many years, look up at the sky and begin to hope they could be happy.
Under the Blue Sky is a bright and emotional triptych of love stories. The play premiered in 2000 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London.