In Forty Winks Kevin Elyot explores the realm of thwarted desire, while playing on the painful comedy that can ensue from the gulf between social decorum and the turbulent emotions that lie just beneath.
From the back row of a local cinema to an anonymous hotel room, Don’s obsession will not let him rest. He’s still carrying a torch for Diana, his childhood sweetheart stolen away by Howard. He unexpectedly drops in on Howard and Diana having not seen them for fifteen years only to discover they now have a daughter, Hermia, who is the spitting image of Diana when Don first fell for her. Suddenly, all his old longings come bubbling dangerously close to the surface.
Forty Winks premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2004 in a production directed by Katie Mitchell.