by Robyn Lester
The premise is fairly straightforward. Grace is telling her granddaughter (Amy) the story of her and Samuel, the writer. There is an element of nostalgia, but the play did little to move me. I didn’t really identify with the characters. Samuel seemed far too pretentious. His character was essentially an embodiment of the romanticised notion of the writer—the all-knowing, wise, isolated creature writers are believed to be. I found that this approach distanced me from the piece. And Grace’s willingness to live vicariously through him, frustrated me.
I also found the message a little convoluted. There were a couple of times when I thought that the play was going to say something about the importance of perseverance and staying true to yourself, but it didn’t really follow through.