Audrey has sold up her London home and moved to a seven-bedroom property in the English countryside, with her second husband and graduate daughter. Also in tow is the girlfriend of her deceased son, who died in the Afghanistan war, which both mother and girlfriend are struggling to overcome.
This domestic tale is set in the garden of the country home and told over 4 scenes representing spring, summer, autumn and winter. Starting with spring, when the family first move into the home and begin integrating (or not as the case may be) with the local community. Over the course of the seasons, we witness the characters adapting to their changing circumstances, developing new friendships and changing priorities.
The cast is top-notch with solid performances throughout, particularly by Audrey, the play's protagonist. The set design is also faultless, the garden setting concept is very simple (as well as being very English) but the execution highly effective.
Albion unfolds at a very leisurely pace; it is highly enjoyable and entertaining to watch. There are some political and patriotic undertones throughout the performance, however, the play lacked a sense of fearlessness and seemed a little too safe. Or maybe it was just too subtle for some.