Forward-thinking new company Time Productions follows up their inaugural success with Tiny Dynamite, the first London revival in 15 years of Abi Morgan’s play, with the world premiere of AFTER THE BALL, an epic, cross-generational, family saga, written by co-founder Ian Grant.
“You’ve been away almost two years. I haven’t seen you, I haven’t hardly heard from you… I’m your wife.”
Ian Grant’s new play explores how our acts reverberate down the generations. Inspired by a true event in 1918 and an unresolved family memory, AFTER THE BALL is a gripping ensemble piece, spanning sixty years, about desire, personal responsibility and the devastating repercussions of human conflict.
London, 1914. As the Great War breaks out in Europe, Blanche and William meet at a dance and marry. They share a political passion for peace, but William enlists to fight in Belgium. Amidst the horrors of the battlefield, he finds love with another woman, while Blanche is left at home with their baby.
Exploring love and betrayal during the war, AFTER THE BALL tears open the scars created by horror and guilt, and lays bare the lasting effect of war on the women of this family for generations to come.
Directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou (Unrivalled Landscape) and produced by Time Productions, AFTER THE BALL was shortlisted for the Terence Rattigan Society New Play Award 2017. The cast are: Jack Bennett, Mark Carlisle, Stuart Fox, Elizabeth Healey, Emily Tucker and Julia Watson.
Highgate playwright Ian Grant’s previous work includes Stella Europa (Hen and Chickens) and the libretto Thomas Boleyn (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre). Grant co-founded Time Productions after a successful 40-year career in publishing.
After the 4pm matinee performance of AFTER THE BALL on Sunday 11 March 2018 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, London, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with author Ian Grant, director Nadia Papachronopoulou and members of the cast.