Alfred is an elderly man, originally from the West Indies, described in stage directions as ‘quintessentially grumpy … a cross almost between Alf Garnett and Victor Meldrew’. He is attended to intermittently by his thirty-year-old daughter Gemma, who struggles to manage the pressures brought about by Alfred’s aging as well as the struggles of trying to make ends meet in London. But when Alfred’s new Polish home-helper, Maria, starts work in the house, Alfred finds a new role in life, and a new chance to make connections before it is too late.
Writing about the play, the Evening Standard commented ‘Initially, [the play] looks like an amusing study of racial and generational tolerance, in which a cantankerous old Caribbean Londoner establishes a rapport with his young, Polish cleaner that he can’t find with his two daughters. But it ranges far wider and deeper than that, decisively transcending issues of race. In a series of surprising turns, Let There Be Love delves into domestic violence and illness, as well as gender and sexuality, dignity and death, without ever losing its sense of humour.’
Let There Be Love was first presented at the Tricycle Theatre, London, on 17 January 2008 in a production directed by the playwright.