The play, directed by Almeida artistic director Michael Attenborough, centres on the McKenna family, who convene at their remote west of Ireland holiday home to mark the 21st birthday of their late son Gene, who killed himself two years earlier. Eccentric cousin Bridget appears, invites herself in for cake, and makes ready to expose a family secret. Also in the cast are Ian McElhinney, Elaine Cassidy and Aidan McArdle.
First night critics were mainly won over by the melodrama mixed with a sharp and witty dialogue by McGuinness, and praised the strong performances of the cast as a family struggling to cope with grief. However, one strongly dissenting voice, Evening Standard critic Nicholas de Jongh, found the play old-fashioned and dull, with Atkins the only almost-saving grace.
- by Caroline Ansdell