After the End Media Release
This Spring, the Citizens Theatre presents Dennis Kelly’s psychological thriller, AFTER THE END, in a highly anticipated new production from Trainee Director, Amanda Gaughan.
They were all in the pub when the explosion happened. Louise has just woken up to find herself with Mark; the man who saved her life. His friends said he was paranoid yet, in the end, Mark knew how to act when it finally happened. Now all they can do is wait…
Can they survive the attack? Can they survive each other?
Award-winning playwright, Dennis Kelly, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary storytellers. His work examines society’s fears and confronts them in twisted extremities through nightmarish yet terrifyingly plausible scenarios. This gripping two-hander, which first premiered in 2005 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, will be staged in the atmospheric Circle studio.
The roles of Mark and Louise will be portrayed by JONATHAN DUNN and NICOLA DALEY. Jonathan is the theatre’s resident Actor Intern, who graduated from Reid Kerr College in 2009 and has appeared in A Clockwork Orange and Beauty and the Beast on the main stage and interactive learning project Don’t Start Me! for the Citizens, as well as SceneUnseen’s DEATH, Dumb, Blonde. Nicola graduated from the RSAMD in 2010 and has since appeared in DiScOmBoBuLaTe’s production of Anguish with Posie at the Tron Theatre. Nicola played Masha in Three Sisters, directed by Guy Hollands at the Citizens Theatre, in collaboration with the RSAMD, as part of the Springboards project.
The production is directed by AMANDA GAUGHAN, in her debut as incumbent Trainee Director at the theatre. This will be her showcase production for the Citizens Theatre but she has already assisted on A Clockwork Orange, Beauty and the Beast and Marilyn. Prior to this Amanda’s professional directing credits include The Fever Dream: Southside, a work in progress by Douglas Maxwell (Tron, Traverse and Hampstead Theatres), Fit for a King by Phil Spencer (Arches Theatre) as well as work with the National Theatre of Scotland, Stellar Quines and PACE Theatre Company.
She said of the show, ‘I think that one of the most fascinating aspects about the play is how we as humans react in extreme and uncontrollable environments. There is a real power struggle between the two protagonists, and through this relationship I want to explore how easily our morals and the socially acceptable rules of behaviour can become distorted when put under pressure.
‘For me, the appeal of Dennis Kelly’s writing is his knack for creating real and recognisable characters, but in a scenario that will keep audiences guessing.’
Now in its third and final year, the Trainee Director Scheme, which is generously funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with support from the Citizens Theatre Society, was set up to encourage a greater representation of female directors in the industry. Previous directors under the scheme, Ros Philips and Lean O’Kasi, produced critically acclaimed work during their tenure and have have since continued to produce professional work within industry. This follows in the long-held tradition of the company to support and nurture new directing talent.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The Trainee Director post is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & the Citizens Theatre Society.
2. The Actor Intern post is supported by The Robertson Trust.
3. Recommended for 18+. Contains scenes of a sexual nature and nudity.
PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm
AFTER THE END
By Dennis Kelly
Directed by Amanda Gaughan
Designer Neil Haynes
Composer Claire McKenzie
Lighting Design Simon Wilkinson
Tue 17 May – Sat 4 June, 7.30pm
Previews: Tue 17 & Wed 18 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (concessions available)
Nicola Daley Louise
Jonathan Dunn Mark