A strange and elusive short play about governors, gorillas and colonialism.
In a bungalow in Africa, Harriet is talking about her husband Gilbert as if he was still alive. She refuses to accept that he died of pneumonia six months ago, that he is no longer the Governor, and that the colony has become independent. And the servants have run away, Gilbert is smashing tea cups and climbing on to the wardrobe, and behaving in a manner which is rather more ape-like than his wife is accustomed to. For the reactionary Harriet, the impossibility of accepting the prevailing political and social reality leads to her breakdown into an astonishing fantasy.
The Governer’s Lady was first staged in 1965 at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in a programme of short plays entitled Expeditions Two.