This play centres on a retirement do where office workers and their partners gather to say goodbye to their bank manager (George A Cooper). Aside from the jollities associated with his departure is the back story of a bored secretary (Angharad Rees) who has a little secret which might have a big impact on her future.
Rees, an impish flirt, contrasts with her mousy friend, her wide-boy boyfriend (Ray Brooks), and caring colleague (Peter Denyer). Her boss, Peter Barkworth, at first comes across as a stickler to rules who does not see his subordinates as people - but as we get to know him and them better, we see what is going on beneath the surface.
Written by Fay Weldon, this drama is sharply observed with a realistic view of office politics within its one bank set. With cynical older women, jealous wives, and bubble-headed girls, it feels very much of its time, but somehow still reaches out to an audience forty years later.
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