Yet large chunks of her Control Your Man toolkit are given to Alvita to voice without apparent irony or comment. Marry for money, Treat them mean, Deceive them, Shame them, Make them work hard at sex, (which for her appears to be exclusively heteronormative). Above all, Take control. She nearly loses control over the Fifth husband, but finally breaks him and takes it back.
Along the way we are treated to spirited performances. The casual way Emer McDaid's Romaine Vole steals a cigarette from Sir Wilfrid tells us what a wrong'un she is and her accent is a master class in doing the quintessential European femme fatale. Joe McNamara's Leonard Vole is a man on the edge in more ways than one. Jonathan Firth's Sir Wilfrid is a master of words but it is his face that shows his torment when his courtroom victory turns out to be... anything but.