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Play with music.

Set in a suburban pub-bistro on a Friday night. Two sexually dysfunctional and socially crippled males and three desperately unhappy and lonely women are brought together in a night of social tension and humour. They clumsily go about their courting rituals and displays of humanity as the influence of alcohol takes an ever-increasing hold.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1993 9738653 1993 single work radio play

Notes

  • Produced as a radio play in 1993.

Production Details

  • First produced at La Mama Theatre, Melbourne, 20 April 1988. Transferred to Theatre Works, St Kilda and then the Universal Theatre, Fitzroy, in November 1988 where it completed a fifteen week run.

    Director: Kim Durban.

    Also produced in New Zealand, London and Dublin.


    Performed by the Sydney Theatre Company at the Wharf Theatre, 15 January - 7 February 2015.

    Director: Imara Savage.

    Designer: Alicia Clements.

    Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson.

    Composer & Sound Designer: Steve Francis.

    Cast: Glenn Hazeldine, Anita Hegh, Rebecca Massey, Josh McConville, and Helen Thomson.


    Produced by State Theatre Company of South Australia at Dunstan Playhouse, 7-29 April 2018.

    Director: Corey McMahon.

    Sound Designer: Andrew Howard.

    Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings.

    Cast including Elena Carapetis, Jude Henshall, and Rory Walker.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1988

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] After Dinner Ben Brooker , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 63) ABR : Arts 2018;

'Thirty years old is a difficult age for a play in this country. Australian cultural memory is not exactly short, but it certainly tapers in the middle where such plays lie, flanked on one side by The Canon and, on the other, by The Next Big Thing. Andrew Bovell’s After Dinner – initially a melancholic one-acter for three women, later expanded and recast by the playwright for his drama school peers as a sort of boulevard comedy – feels exceptional in this regard: a not-quite-new, not-quite-old Australian play that has nevertheless entered the repertoire. On its completion in 1988, it played in Melbourne for almost half a year and seems to have been produced uninterruptedly since, including by Sydney Theatre Company as recently as 2015. In Bovell’s program note for this solid revival by the State Theatre Company of South Australia, he describes it, not wrongly, as ‘a classic comedy of the Australian theatre’.' (Introduction)

Delicacy and Confidence Tony Ayres , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Andrew Bovell : The Alchemy of Collaboration 2015; (p. 11-15)
A Lesson in Subterfuge Patricia Cornelius , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Andrew Bovell : The Alchemy of Collaboration 2015; (p. 5-9)
Fun at the Pub on a Friday Night John McCallum , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 January 2015; (p. 12)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
A Full Serve of Chalk, Cheese and Sharp Laughs Jason Blake , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 January 2015; (p. 22)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
Go For Fun after Dinner Alanna Maclean , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 November 2008; (p. 9)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
Untitled Geoffrey Milne , 1989-1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October/April no. 15-16 1989-1990; (p. 205-210)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama ; Only Heaven Knows Alex Harding , 1988 single work musical theatre ; Full House, No Vacancies Paul Davies , 1989 single work drama
Eat, Drink and Be Lonely Helen Thomson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 March 1997; (p. C5)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
Food for Thought Jason Steger , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 9 March 1997; (p. 9)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
Light Dinner Leaves a Gap Chris McLeod , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 October 1997; (p. 5)

— Review of After Dinner Andrew Bovell , 1988 single work drama
Pub Session Comedy Setting Reshni Ratnam , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 19 March vol. 29 no. 12 2008; (p. 19)
Eavesdrop Inspired Ron Banks , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The West Australian , 13 October 1997; (p. 5)
A Feast of Inspiration Andrew Bovell , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 January 2015; (p. 10-11)
A Lesson in Subterfuge Patricia Cornelius , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Andrew Bovell : The Alchemy of Collaboration 2015; (p. 5-9)
Delicacy and Confidence Tony Ayres , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Andrew Bovell : The Alchemy of Collaboration 2015; (p. 11-15)
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