The Children's Hour
Four Square, London, 1962
For D Hammett with thanks
dedication: For D Hammett with thanks
The blurb on the back:
A fine moving play examining the tragedy which follows the slanderous rumour of a Lesbian relationship between two school-mistresses. The malicious story spread by a neurotic girl leads to a lawsuit, the destruction of the school, and to the death of one of the women.
Dated? Well, of course itís dated. I mean, Iím sure that a teacher in an American girlsí school would still get in trouble if she were outed as a lesbian, but I have my doubts that the story would result in quite such an overblown melodrama as this.
Donít get me wrong, I like the film Ė itís got Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, after all Ė but the play-script on the page is hardly scintillating. Probably for historical interest only.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5