Judy (Jessica Ransom) and her husband Johnny (Neil McDermott) share breakfast that she has lovingly prepared as the ‘Stepford housewife’ she is. They talk over breakfast of their undying and unwavering love for each other in a rather sickly sweet way and the perfect life they live is thrown straight at you. Ransom and McDermott work extremely well together as the married couple, with fantastic chemistry during both the happy and sad moments of their marriage.
As Johnny leaves for work, with his lunchbox packed with care by Judy who waves him off at the doorstep, you still believe that they are living in the 1950’s, that is however until Judy sits down at the kitchen table and opens a laptop. It is not until then that you realise, they are living in the modern day, but with the values of the 1950’s lifestyle which includes the way they are dressed.
The story follows the couple as they navigate trying to live a life with old fashioned values, whilst trying to negotiate the modern life. There is a real juxtaposition with other characters entering the house dressed as we would now. Judy’s mother Sylvia (Diane Keen) was the voice of reason throughout the play trying her best to navigate her daughter away from this way of life and trying to explain that it wasn’t all a bed of roses as she believes it to be.