Covering a sixteen year span this mini-saga, set against the background of the Thatcher years, charts the increasingly brittle relationship between West End actress Esme and her daughter Amy. The catalyst is Amy’s new boyfriend Dominic, a would-be film director starting to make a name for himself as a movie journalist. To him the theatre is elitist and "dead"; film the new media with relevance to the modern audience. His uncompromising and smug self-belief irritates Esme who views the stage as the superior art form.
As Dominic’s star rises Esme’s is eclipsed and the mother-daughter relationship becomes strained to breaking point when she plunges millions of pounds into debt as a bankrupted "Lloyd’s name". A fine cast, led by Julia Watson as Esme and Kirsty Besterman as Amy, draw the audience in to this wordy and thought-provoking play with only Ryan Early’s uncharismatic Dominic stretching credibility as "the most popular presenter on TV".
- Nick Brunger