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Patricia Routledge stars as Margaret in this poignant play about coming to terms with the past. Also starring Roy Hudd. On Margaret's 67th birthday, an uninvited guest calls who shares the same birthday. The teenager, May, seems to know more about Margaret's life than she should. So who is she and what does she really want? Written by Elizabeth Kuti. Producer/Director Tanya Nash
May is over 50 years younger than Maggie, though they share a birthday. But why is she so interested in Maggie's past?
Margaret (played by Patricia Routledge) is a pensioner living on her own. It's only natural, then, that she should feel nervous, irritated and uncomfortable when a 13-year-old girl called May (Emily Fleeshman) demands she be let in. But it soon transpires that Margaret, or Maggie, has an enormous problem in letting anybody in - and that goes as much for her emotional life as her house. May is like a hunting dog with its wounded quarry in sight as she keeps pressing for information on Margaret's life: was she an only child, whose is the lock of soft golden hair she keeps in a box, why is she not responding to the phone calls she's getting from Ron (Roy Hudd), the man she was set to marry 50 years ago?
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