Performing Arts Students Create a Unique Piece of Performance of After Life by Jack Thorne

Is there a life beyond? Or is there a somewhat bureaucratic waiting room between life and death? That’s what Level 5 FdA Performing Arts students had to grapple with whilst performing ‘After Life’, written by Jack Thorne. The performances took place on Thursday, 18th January and Friday, 19th January 2024 at Bournemouth and Poole College’s Jellicoe Theatre.

The plot centres on the concept of the After Life, adapted from Hirokazu Kotre-eda’s award-winning film, Jack Thorne's After Life is a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, and a haunting meditation on what it is to live – and to die. 

Victoria Clark, Director of the show, said: 'The students have worked in a collaborative and a cross disciplinary manner, working with text, song and movement to create a unique and individual performance. The work I direct aims to focus on what makes us human, those small moments of connection and encourages the audience to look within themselves. Theatre is an incredibly powerful medium and with the blend of live vocals, underscore and movement, students were able to exercise their skills in a new and contemporary way. The final performances held movements of darkness and magic and were met with an overwhelmingly positive response. It is hoped that our students build upon these skills in their next project and are able to apply them to their future careers'.

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