This production of Grace Note by Samuel Adamson was performed at The Old Vic in Londons West End in July 1997.
A second play by 28-year old Samuel Adamson, whose first, Clocks and Whistles, had been acclaimed at the Bush, Grace Note focuses on Grace, an opera-loving matriarch in the early stages of Alzheimer's, played by Geraldine McEwan.
It follows her fraught dealings with her two sons, daughter, daughter-in-law, and son's boyfriend.
Geraldine McEwan gives an odd, birdlike, bleating performance as Grace: long stares, lingering vowels, sprightly steps and overwrought smiles.
More impressive is Holly Aird, who plays her daughter-in-law Ellie with lucid naturalness. As the straight brother, Neil Stuke catches well the mix of someone who is sweet to his mother and horrible to the gay brother.
As the other brother, Jonathan Cullen is unrewardingly bad-tempered.
Grace Note is a slight ensemble study: a subtle, observant piece without the voltage for the Old Vic.
Robert Butler, The Independent on Sunday
Author: Samuel Adamson; Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole; Design: Paul Andrews; Cast: Holly Aird , Emma Amos , Jonathan Cullen , Geraldine McEwan , Matthew Rhys , Neil Stuke