by Jack Thorne
adapted from the film by Hirokazu Kore-eda
If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?
A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death. Encouraged by enigmatic officials, they must sift through their past lives to choose their forever.
Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, 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.
Written by Jack Thorne from a concept by Bunny Christie, Jeremy Herrin and Thorne, After Life was first performed at the Dorfman (National Theatre), London, in June 2021.
It was directed by Herrin, in a co-production with Headlong, by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.