Written and performed by Ann Blake
with Lucia Smyth
Directed by Paul Meade
“Superbly illuminating drama about love in our times” Irish Independent
It was a huge disappointment to us all to cancel performances of this acclaimed show on 24th and 25th March 2020 at The Everyman, Cork due to Covid-19. We hope that we will get another chance to bring this show to Cork in the future.
On 27th March 2020 we are marking #World Theatre Day by posting the opening 10 minutes of the show. WATCH HERE
A groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015 and 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother: “How’s the morning after the life before?”
Gúna Nua has been delighted with the resounding success of The Morning After the Life Before by Ann Blake throughout its last three years of performances both in Ireland and internationally. It has travelled to Montreal, London Ontario, New York, Brighton and London. At home, it has been performed in Limerick, Kilmallock, Galway, Neenagh, Thurles and twice in Dublin at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre and the Viking Theatre. With an excellent critical response and multiple awards, audiences have been deeply moved by this production, supported by Limerick Arts Office and Culture Ireland.
Written in response to the 2015 marriage equality referendum and telling her own story of coming out late in life, Ann Blake bottles the magic of Ireland’s overnight transformation into a safe place for the LGBTQ community in a politically shifting world. Both light-hearted and playful, audiences can expect a personal, entertaining tale of weddings, coming out and arguments over who takes out the bins. Directed by award-winning director Paul Meade, the love story at the heart of the play has universal appeal. Audiences should prepare for music, cake and equality!
Reviews and Awards for The Morning After the Life Before:
Awards and Nominations:
WINNER: Best Actress, Lucia Smyth Origin 1st Irish Fest, New York 2019
WINNER: Best Director, Origin 1st Irish Fest, New York 2019
WINNER: Outstanding Production, London Ontario Fringe 2017
WINNER: The Centaur Award: Best English Language Production, Montreal Fringe 2017
NOMINATION: Best Playwright, Origin 1st Irish Fest, New York 2019
NOMINATION: Best Production, Origin 1st Irish Fest, New York 2019
NOMINATION: LGBTQ+ Award, Brighton Fringe 2018
“Superbly illuminating drama about love in our times” Katy Hayes Irish Independent
“ A witty history of the road to dignified recognition of one aspect of human rights. It is whimsical, funny and touching. And it brings tears to the eyes.” Emer O’Kelly Sunday Independent.
“Blake and Smyth worked so well together it was impossible not to be captivated from the start – they showed how ordinary people can be extraordinary, even heroic.” Sebastian Beaumont, Broadway Baby ★★★★★
“The emotional core of the script is so truthful”… “moving and funny two-hander…”
Cathy Hammer, Theater Pizzazz NY
“Accomplished with little more than a table, a wedding dress and a guitar, The Morning After the Life Before is a perfectly rendered, heart-warming, necessary light in the darkest of moments which will bring even the most conservative to their feet.”
Heather Bagnall, www.fringereview.co.uk
“Warm, funny, intimate…Do not miss.” Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage
“The play is an emotional rollercoaster that will fill your eyes with tears but keep you laughing throughout.” Alex Gauthier, Cult, MTL
“Blake’s extreme vulnerability in front of the audience goes a long way… an absolute cannot-miss” –Montreal Theatre Hub Fringe
“Ann Blake and her acting partner (not life partner) Lucia Smyth are fantastic in this polished piece… this show always managed to stay at perfect pitch. Funny, warm, intimate.” –Montreal Fringe Festival