Becky (Romola Garai) is in the early stages of pregnancy and as horny as hell but hubby John (Nicholas Burns) has gone all super-Dad-to-be and sees her as mother rather than lover.
For a while porn satisfies Becky, digging into the stash she and John used to enjoy together but when temptation comes in the form of village-neighbour Oliver, who is selling her a push-bike, she embarks on a passionate and elaborate fuck-fest.
And here is my tiny problem:
"I hate this whole thing, like women can't have sex without getting emotionally involved. It's bullshit. I've had sex with loads of me and not given a shit afterwards."
After saying it, you know Becky is going to fall for Oliver and does so with added hysterics when his wife returns from a trip away and he ends it. And I'm afraid I found it a little bit irritating.
What would have been really interesting is if Becky had had her fill and moved on and Oliver has pursued her.
It soured the second half a little after a first half of crackling wit and human insight, in fact the script is excellent. And the acting too.
There is a wonderful character, Jenny (Alexandra Gilbreath), who is another neighbour in the village, a mum of two whose husband spends most of his time away working. On the surface she is a loving, full-time mum but away from the homestead the lack of attention from her husband, adult conversation and frustration with motherhood emerge:
"Sitting at home. Going Crazy. Being told I'm an idiot by a five-year-old boy. I've got a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics but oh no! I'm just stupid old Mummy!"
I'm going to give The Village Bike four stars. It loses one for the irritation but otherwise is a solid, entertaining and thoughtful play. It's on at the Royal Court until July 30 but is sold out. However, you can get £10 tickets, released on the day, on Mondays from 9am.
Oh and can I just add that I'm a little bit in love with Dominic Rowan - he reminds me of Colin Firth in his Darcy era.
Romola Garai is the obvious one via The Hour but today the penny dropped on a second. In the audience was Joshua McGuire. Now I recognised him at the time as little* Hamlet from The Globe earlier this year but then I remembered he is also in The Hour.
PS This just in from @TRPW who has kindly pointed out that Nicholas Burns was Nathan Barley, so that'll teach me not to be lazy and settle with the obvious. Although had I discovered this at the time, I might have been tempted to accost him afterwards at the stage door about his treatment of of poor Pingu in a mad-fan style.
* He's petite of stature like myself.