After Life


ISBN: 9781839040146
Author: By Jack Thorne Original author Hirokazu Kore-eda
Publication Date: 25/11/2021
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 80pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3035 Categories: , , Tag:

If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?

A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death. Encouraged by enigmatic officials, they must sift through their past lives to choose their forever.

Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning film, After Life is a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, and a haunting meditation on what it is to live – and to die.

Written by Jack Thorne from a concept by Bunny Christie, Jeremy Herrin and Thorne, After Life was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in June 2021.

It was directed by Herrin, in a co-production with Headlong, by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.

‘A compelling vision of eternity’

The Times

‘A powerful show with subtlety and tenderness’
The i

‘A great idea, charmingly done… Although After Life is based on a film, its best parts are pure theatre’

‘Miraculous… an absolutely superb play… I was incredibly moved by it… a properly transcendent piece of theatre’
Time Out

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