Up and coming theatre company, Vile Bodies, is bringing, ‘After the End’ by Dennis Kelly to the Lyric Theatre this February. This fast-paced thriller will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, as you follow Mark and Louise, two colleagues who are sheltering from the fallout of a nuclear attack. Forced to spend two-weeks together in Mark’s bunker, tensions rise as they pick at each other’s insecurities in a fight for dominance.
Running from the 1st – 3rd February, the Vile Bodies production is a captivating two-hander, which has been brought up to date, tapping into the psyche of modern audiences. It simply demands to be seen.
The playwright, Dennis Kelly, is best known for writing the book for the Olivier and Tony winning Matilda the Musical, and is one of the UK’s most prevalent living writers for stage and screen.
This latest adaptation of the play will be directed by young Belfast director Emily Foran, who is the youngest graduate of The Lir Academy’s MFA in directing, and studied drama at Queens University Belfast.
Speaking on her vision behind the production, Emily Foran says: “After the End was written in 2005 but is possibly more relevant now than it was at its premiere. The play speaks to our current political and social climates, from the US Presidency to the EU Referendum. Kelly puts a magnifying glass to the fragility of the human condition, exploring a wider political saga through the eyes of two very flawed individuals.”
She continues: “There is great humanity within the production, particularly when humour and banality emerge within the highest moments of tension. It invites us to question our own morals and ethics in the face of adversity as we witness how far Louise and Mark will go to survive.”
The thriller stars Belfast-born actor Paul Livingstone and British-American actor and producer Maria Guiver.
Paul trained in the Lyric’s Drama Studio programme, before attending the prestigious Lir Academy, where he starred in a number of productions including ‘The Cradle Will Rock’, directed by Wayne Jordan, ‘The Provoked Wife’ directed by Lyn Parker as well as starring in film work including ‘The Box’ and ‘The Elevator’, both directed by Jim Crone. Paul is also writing and starring in a new conceptual thriller mini-series, with filming commencing later this year.
Maria Guiver is also a graduate of The Lir Academy, and most recently performed in the critically acclaimed ‘Talk to Me Like the Rain’, at Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin. Other acting credits include the Irish Times Theatre Award nominated ‘Glowworm’ at Project Arts Centre. As a producer, she has produced successful world premieres of new Irish writing such as Ross Gaynor’s ‘I Am a Bird Now’ at Theatre Upstairs.
Tickets are available to purchase on the Lyric Theatre website, for a price of £14, or £12 concession. Follow this link to book: https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/event/after-the-end/
* This production of After the End was originally produced by The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.
Please note this production contains strong language, full frontal nudity, scenes of a violent nature, scenes of sexual violence and flashing lights.
*Photo Credit: Keith Dixon Photography