At the tender age of 17, with the passing away of her Nan, young Elsie from Glasgow discovers that her family knows who her Dad is. And what’s more, he is alive! What follows is the story of Elsie trying to come to terms with this new information, using her support system to get to meet her father, and the events thereafter.
Skye Lourie both wrote the script and plays the protagonist. She does a great job as Elsie, who is a typical teenager: opinionated and loud, but in an overwhelming situation, suddenly a vulnerable child. Lourie strikes a wonderful balance between the boisterous and the childlike.
Graeme Dalling plays all the other supporting characters – Elsie’s mum, friend, teacher, the homeless guy, and her Dad’s carer. This is by no means an easy role, but Dalling is very good, using the simplest of props to add to his costume and seamlessly move between characters. Although Lourie is consistently strong throughout, Dalling’s stage presence does occasionally steal the show.
An interesting casting is that of Elsie’s Dad, who I will say (without giving away too much) is conspicuous by his absence. Both actors navigate the scenes involving him well. Lourie is very clearly working from experience here, both as the writer and as a performer, and her natural prowess on stage does not go unnoticed; the audience loved her, and quite a few were on their feet at the end of the show.
There is a feeling of more potential yet to be fulfilled. The storyline is linear and comes to an eventual, obvious conclusion. But despite that, it is a good depiction of the relationship between a father and his daughter – and of the impact that secrets can have on our life.