A 90-minute monologue. A woman scientist is shut up in a laboratory waiting to start on the dissection of a goat’s gut to ascertain the effects on it of nuclear radiation. But someone has omitted to kill the beast, so there is Alice confined in her cell (as it becomes) with nothing to but to talk to the goat. Isolation and boredom break her down from efficient scientist to blubbering child and all Miss Page’s preoccupations come to the surface: class resentment, the defensiveness of a woman who has run against female tradition and, above all, fear. The desire to be safe is the leitmotif that runs through the whole play – to insure, to protect, and above all survive.