Page extent: 160
ISBN: 9781786820549
Binding: pb

After October

Rodney Ackland

pb (22 Nov 2016)

Hampstead, 1936. In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart.

With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play and, for Clive, the future looks all too glittering…


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ISBN13 9781786820549
Binding pb
Page Extent 160


'These revivals of half-forgotten playwrights are gold dust. You learn about your country and its past, as well as about universal humanity.... these well-made, entertaining, perceptive plays from the pre-John-Osborne era need reviving... The heroes of this archaeology are the Jermyn and  even more this theatre: the tiny, determined, ingenious and always classy Finborough.' Theatre Cat ★★★★

'Ackland is such an appealing writer, with much to say about the foibles and frailties of the human heart, that the absence of his work from our stages continues to mystify.... Yet another winning revival from this pub theatre powerhouse.' Standard ★★★★

'Eighty years after it first ran, Rodney Ackland’s play-about-a-play has been given its first revival at the Finborough... Eight decades have sanded the edges off this satire about the delusions of a bohemian family. This is now a far gentler affair, and one padded with nostalgia for the ’30s: a time when you could live in Hampstead even if you were skint, when numerology was the latest fad, and when you’d wait up all night to read the reviews in the morning papers... a strong cast ensure that Ackland’s play hasn’t lost its heft; and the second act is a bittersweet meditation on how reality gets in the way of artistic integrity and big dreams... Warm and affectionate, this does great justice to an under-sung figure of British theatre. Time Out ★★★★

'A spirited revival... the play's autobiographical dimension offers a more tender insight into dysfunctional self-absorption, combined with a sense of real desperation... Learning that one flop isn’t the end of the world and tomorrow is another day is an important lesson for anyone working in theatre, and although it doesn’t seem likely that Clive’s career will mature into the one Ackland enjoyed, there’s always hope.' The Stage