After the Dance
By TERRENCE RATTIGAN
“It’s the bright young things over again, only they were never bright and now they’re not even young”
It’s the bright young things over again, only they were never bright and now they’re not even young
After the Dance by Terence Rattigan is a hilarious, heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful play. Despite being a critical success when it premiered in 1938, the looming declaration of war meant it was quickly forgotten until a 2010 revival at the National Theatre brought it back to prominence.
Written as an attack on the hedonistic lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s and 30s, the play's action takes place on the eve of the Second World War in the drawing-room of the Scott-Fowlers’ flat in Mayfair, a fashionable part of London. The play focuses on David Scott-Fowler and his wife Joan who revel in their hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle and maintain they married for amusement and not love. When a third figure comes into the equation the couple have to face the truth of their lives, to disastrous consequence.
Rattigan’s masterpiece combines elements of tragedy with savage and at times raucous humour, examining the themes of love, ageing and the capacity for people to change. It also showcases a range of extraordinary, larger than life characters that are engaging and enjoyable for audiences and actors alike.
JOAN | Liz Flint
DAVID | Dom Ward
JOHN | Chris de Pury
PETER | James Cross
HELEN | Hannah Brooks
WILLIAMS | Will Howells
GEORGE | Josh Mallalieh
JULIA | Sarah Beebe
CYRIL | Ben Stroud
MOYA | Sophie King
LAWRENCE | Ollie Milner
ARTHUR | David Pearson
MISS POTTER| Mariam Rasekh
DIRECTOR | Jon Foster
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | Chloe Baker
CO-PRODUCERS | Fatima Ifthikar and Lloyd Smith
STAGE MANAGER | Freddie Byron
SET DESIGN | Peter Foster
COSTUME DESIGN | Natalie Walker
LIGHTING | Will Carne
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | Erynn Blansjaar
MARKETING COORDINATOR | Ben Stroud
COMMITTEE LIAISON | Tim Garrad
Overall, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking revival that does justice to Rattigan’s neglected work.
The production, typical of Sedos, is more professional than their amateur dramatics moniker might imply, and is certainly one to consider if you’re a nearby City worker keen to take in some fringe theatre that certainly punches above its weight.
- Tuesday 9 April 2019 7.30pm
- Wednesday 10 April 2019 7.30pm
- Thursday 11 April 2019 7.30pm
- Friday 12 April 2019 7.30pm
- Saturday 13 April 2019 2.30pm
- Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm