Adam 'Anti-Gravity' Lake
She’s about half way up the stairs when she spots him; Adam, languid and smiling, leaning over the railing. His back is arched and graceful, his head tipped to one side...His eyes are devilish and bright, and he raises one eyebrow in mischievous delight when she lets out a low groan. That face of his is all cheekbones and charm and she can feel the force of his gravity as she comes closer – there’s a low swell to his presence, like toying with a magnet, and she leans in closer without realising.
- from 'Centre of Gravity' in At The Stage Door
The first time I got the chance to actually speak to Adam properly was in Llandudno - he won my heart completely when we were talking about the leap forward Alonzo does in Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats when he springs to the front row after being second row on the pyramid at the tyre and he told me how much he loved doing that and promised to really come at me with it on the other nights I was in. It was a promise he kept faithfully and every single night, when I sat in the front stalls, we would make eye-contact during the pyramid and he was RACE towards me on that leap, really going for it every time. Adam is sweet and funny that way and there hasn't been a single time at stage door where he's not managed to make me smile or laugh about something, he's jokey and sweet and lightly teasing, though he's just as happy to tease himself as he is to tease his castmates. There's just something genuinely delightful about Adam and he's such a very open, friendly person that talking to him always leaves you smiling. He definitely has an Alonzo streak in him though - one time in Canterbury I waited longer at a stage door than I ever had before, because I was still there when the announcement was made that the stage door was about to be locked for the night! And guess who I was waiting for? Adam, of course! Every person who went past rolled their eyes when I told them, and fondly went "He's doing his hair" and when he finally appeared himself and apologised for my wait, I told him it was fine as I knew it was Alonzo's prerogative and he laughed before striking the most glorious little pose with a bevelled foot and an Alonzo pout! He's just got a magnetic personality and a warmth that draws you in - he's gorgeous, of course, but it's his charisma and his smile which most makes you want to be around him.
If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promise of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby