Grace Notes

Becky Williams delivers an emotionally charged monologue about murderess Grace Miller somewhat reluctantly seeking a second chance at series of rehab sessions entitled Notes.

An entertaining if not outstanding 50 minutes in the company of a competent storyteller.

She mocks the facilitator – the “Otter” as she calls her and the painfully awkward motivational language that cling to these schemes. The narrative slowly starts to reveal why Grace is here and her troubled past. But it’s music that helps her chip away at her resistance to counselling as she practices Moonlight Sonata on her keyboard in preparation for a performance at the final session.

The show is peppered with song, Williams singing a cappella versions of easy listening tracks such as Sunny and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. But there is a misstep here, as in a attempt to own the space, they’re mostly delivered from behind the audience making it difficult to give her full focus. It’s at its most engaging when Williams is furiously cracking out the story at pace, but stutters slightly when an abrupt pause is potentially a little too jarring.

Grace’s journey isn’t particularly remarkable, nor is there a grand finale, but to be honest it probably doesn’t need one. What we have here is an entertaining if not outstanding 50 minutes in the company of a competent storyteller.

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Meet Grace Miller. Gobby, brash and a talented pianist. Just out of prison, she is determined to get her broken life back together. A convicted killer, Gracie still has old wounds to heal and bitter scores to settle. Becky Williams plays Grace, addressing her audience with candour as she battles the demons of addiction, violence and music. Grace Notes asks the question: what does it take to get a second chance in life? A powerful and gripping one-woman show, written and performed by Becky Williams.

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