Set in the wardrobe room of the Talma Theatre in the small French provincial town of Arles in June 1944, the narraive begins shortly after an allied bombing raid has destoyed the armament compound hidden by the German military beneath the town's railway bridge. The members of the small theatre company, which is currently presenting a revue, become aware that one of them is now passing information to the military police in order to propel his career opportunities elsewhere. The traitor is soon identified as Charles Durrer, and they become aware that every word they say might be used against them. The problem is that theatre people know how to act... to lie convincingly... and what each of them thinks they know might not be the truth.
The characters in the play are: Emile (wardrobe mistress), Julie (one half of the Bellini Sisters act - not actually sisters), Fifine (the other Bellini Sister), Barron (stage manager), Paul Lanyon (actor/entertainer), Charles Durrier (actor/entertainer), Albert (Lanyon's onstage partner), and Annette (actress/entertainer).
1945: New Theatre, Sydney; 11 August [premiere]