If you were lucky enough to see "amy's view" on stage, then Judi Dench's voice will haunt you throughout this play - if however, you come to it, familiar through other David Hare works, you will sense the leitmotif of his other "social" dramas.
The familair theme of faith, of the belief in something beyond the established coda handed down to us by society is a central theme. In fact, as is made explicit in the title, and the final line of this play, the understanding that we cannot expect society to reflect our own private views any longer. We believe what we do. but the experience remains private.
Written at a time when the ethos of Tony Blair was prevalent - to be all things to all men - one wonders, and it is a wonder that remains relevant in 2005 - what do any of us really believe in? In trying to be inclusive, do we not stand for everything, and therefore all at once, fail in everything?
David Hare asks us to question this and the familial relationships of mother and daughter, the past and the future, the theatre v's the cheap thrills of video - but does so in such an accessible way that at the end of the drama you will not feel brow beaten or even "debated" - because who, after all would feel they had entered into an argument with Judi Dench?