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And I am loving you,
Until light waves fall to beaches,
Until leap years stumble home...
Henry has invited his two sons and their wives for Christmas.
I want them close,
As water wants sand...
One son is fertile, one is not. The opposing sexual needs of the two couples clash, intertwine and explode.
Joanna Laurens' rich writing bathes the drama in a sensual language as the heat rises and the play hurtles towards it climax.
Five Gold Rings is Laurens' second play. The Three Birds, which won her the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award and the Time Out Award for Most Outstanding new talent, is also published by Oberon Books.
Five Gold Rings opened at the Almeida Theatre, London in December 2003, directed by Michael Attenborough.