Winner of the Barclays Stage Award for Best New Play of 1999
“This is Gray at the very top of his game; funny, delicate, and deeply humane” –Telegraph
“The writing is a joy” –Independent
“A quietly moving portrait of repressive 1950s England and, in particular, of the way children often become the victim of adult dreams and desires” –Guardian
A funny yet melancholic look at the frustrations, secrets and guilt of middle-class respectability in 1950s England.
England in the 1950s. Celia, bored to distraction, fills her time with tennis and gin; Charles, a pathologist, is buried in his work among the living and the dead; and their gifted son, Holly, is having his first lessons in both music and in life.