September 10, 2015

After The Dance

On the brink of World War Two some people are still stuck in the hedonistic 1920's. Interestingly it's the younger characters who want the elder ones to grow up. After The Dance explores the generation gap and how sometimes just because you're older it doesn't mean you're more mature. Love is a equalising factor, turning us all into desperate children. The relationships between characters are difficult for an audience of a different time to pick up quickly; monied people often looked after their less fortunate relatives and friends.

The play is longer than most modern plays; two and a half hours all up. The first act flies by but in the third (the second "half") you start to feel the length as it drags a little or perhaps that's because it isn't as light as the first. The characters take a while to emerge, the script deceiving you about who is the main character as they don't show up till quite a way through.

Stagecraft have dug in the archives for this one but it feels terribly modern.

Performances: 9-12 & 17-19 September 7.30pm; 15-16 September 6.30pm; 13 September 3pm
Tickets: $25

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