A one-act play set in the wardrobe room of the Talma Theatre in the small French provincial town of Arles in June 1944, the narrative begins shortly after an allied bombing raid has destroyed 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 supposed traitor is identified as Charles Durrier, with Paul Lanyon appearing to be concerned about Durrier's activities. He convinces Annette, who is romantically involved with Durrier, to keep a watch on him. The tables are turned at the end of the play with the real traitor being exposed and dealt with.
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).
The plays reads well with good pace and interesting characters who have depth.
1945: New Theatre, Sydney; 11 August [premiere]
1959: Independent Theatre, Sydney; 21 December