A lot of stories are about life changing incidents or about a point in time when something happened to someone. William Zappa has used that concept but delivered it in a engaging drama where the focus is on what was done post the incident and less on the incident itself.
The importance of optimism and a positive attitude in life is a clear takeaway from the play. Grace, played by Maggie Blinco, is funny, optimistic and believes she has the power to make a change and that leads her onto a path to doing so. The strong-willed, courageous and determined Grace is inspired by her grandson Tim (Nigel Turner-Carroll), who plays a young man who loves the environment and heads away to Antarctica to study an iceberg for 6 months (yes, you got that right - an iceberg).
Grace and her passionate about politics husband, Derrick (played by Don Reid) love their only daughter Jane (Wendy Strehlow) who also loves her parents but is heavily influenced by her religious and rich husband (from her 2nd marriage). She fails to understand what they value and does not realise that all Grace and Derrick need is her support in what they want to do. The play has a suspense element which is the incident that changes Grace's life.
Between present day and flashback scenes, the open fridge plays a very important role in the play. The comic timing of Grace, Tim's 'tap tap yeah' and musical limericks also add a lot of laughter to the play.
William Zappa is one of Australia's best loved theatre actors. His long spanning film, theatre and television career include works like Winter's Discontent, The Seafarer, Anthony and Cleopatra, Rock and Roll and Company to name a few. His film appearances include Crush, Zone 39, Mad Max 2 and Mr Reliable.