After Life: Conversations From A Hospital Waiting Room is a confronting exploration of mortality and the ways in which we experience death within the tidy confines of a 60 minute local theatre production. A collaboration between three Adelaidian creatives, After Life is an original play by Robert Baulderstone and co-produced with Kyle Dolan and Nicholas Howson.
After Life is an immersive experience, it places the viewer directly in the middle of the characters as they struggle with the impending death of their young close friend. In a feverish state, dying Francis reveals a supernatural secret that pushes best friend Wes away from his side in his dying hour.
What follows is the struggle between Wes and Ash to confront their past traumas and present day struggles. Whilst handling sensitive subjects such as domestic violence and mental health issues, it is a piece which illustrates the strain that the death of a loved one puts on human relationships.
“Because everyone dies, and none of it is fair. Nobody is too young. And everybody is.”
Beware that you may need to pack tissues as Afterlife does not shy away from provocation and emotive monologues. It is never easy to convey grief, but the actors involved do an excellent performance of the complex process of grief.
If you are looking to support a local Adelaide theatre production this Fringe season, definitely consider heading to Finsart Studio on Grenfell Street and checking out After Life before Sunday 11th of March.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Header courtesy of Kyle Dolan