AFTER WE DANCED by Andy Moseley

£3.50

Fran and Finn are young and in love in the summer of 1952. He has just completed his national service, and is spending the summer on the coast, putting off the day when he’ll have to get a proper job, and dreaming of a world where he never will.  She is living with an overly protective father, also dreaming of an escape to a better future, worrying that it will never happen, and scared that this will be the only life she ever knows.  When they meet on the beach it is the start of a relationship that will define both their lives, and a new world of possibilities open up for them.  What they don’t realise is that when the summer ends it will be almost sixty years before they meet again. So what happened to keep them apart?

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CHARACTERS

FRANCES MORGAN (FRAN): Female, 20

JAMES FINNEGAN (FINN): Male, 21

JOHN FINNEGAN (JOHN) : Male 50, son of Finn

BRADLEY TURNER (BRAD): Male 49, son of Fran

JENNIFER TURNER (JEN): Female, 45, wife of Brad

POLICE OFFICER (POLICE): Male, mid 50s

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

First performance/performance history.
After London preview shows, the play was first performed at Space on the Mile, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, where it achieved sell-out performances and excellent reviews over a two week run.
The play was also performed at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham in August 2015 and at Underground Venues for Buxton Festival Fringe in 2016.
Cast for Edinburgh shows was;
Fran: Rosie Bennett
Finn: Samuel Freeman
John: Terry Perkins (first two performances only- subsequent performances Andy Moseley)
Jen: Samantha Hindman
Brad: Andrew Jefferson-Tierney

REVIEWS

If you are looking out for a play that has warmth, examines the human condition, in a well defined, but unsentimental way, with some fine lines and performances from talented actors, then this could be the new play for you. The writing, and the story are strong enough that I would hope that this play would have a place in the repertoire of many acting companies across the country.’ ***** Lichfield Live/Remote Goat (full review available online at https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2015/10/16/review-after-we-danced-old-joint-stock-theatre/

After We Danced is sweet and romantic but doesn’t veer towards the saccharine; instead it delivers a satisfying, well-rounded tale that is uplifting and believable. The strong cast inject a sense of energy and innocence into Andy Moseley’s carefully balanced script’ **** British Theatre Guide (full review available online at  https://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/after-we-danced-thespace-on-the-11765 )

This is what some audiences might call (with relief) a “proper play”, with costumes, simple sets, well-chosen music and film footage adding to the period feel. This accomplished group of actors have created a thoroughly enjoyable play. A production with real heart, proving gentle, touching and amusing by turns.’ Buxton Fringe Review  (full review available online at https://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2016the.html#1919)

 Extracts of further reviews are online at https://www.nologoproductions.com/after-we-danced.html

RUNNING TIME

Approx 1 hour

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

 

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Cast Breakdown

F2, M4

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