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The Life After

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Devised by the Bristol Old Vic Young Company
Directed by Miranda Cromwell and Joseph Wallace
Music by Peter Reynolds and Elizabeth Westcott
Dramaturg Adam Peck
Designer Liesel Corp
A Bristol Old Vic Young Company production

Once upon a time a small voice cried out.

What happens at the end of the story?

The Bristol Old Vic Young Company dive into a sea of imagination and take you on an epic journey in this ambitious devised production. Through whispering forests, to a love story in a jealous lake we follow a young boy who won't let his mother go and battles death into a nutshell.

After 2012's sell-out run in the Studio, join them for the concluding part of their journey in our fully redeveloped Theatre. Bursting at the seams with invention and a cast of over a hundred, the company serenade, animate and ask what lies beyond the here and now.

The Life After explores loss and change, be it as monumental as death, or seemingly incidental, like the opening of the first daffodils in spring. Each is explored with curiosity, fearlessness and, just occasionally, outright silliness. We witness moments of pure joy, devastation and subtle events that transform our world.

A celebration of what it means to be alive.

Follow the extraordinary journey of The Life After on the show's external blogsite here.

There's a humour and boisterousness to The Life After that's easy to like... hugely promising, certainly not something to be missed come February."

The Post on 2012's August prelude performance of The Life After

...a powerful, wise, inventive and thought-provoking performance."

Suit Yourself magazine on 2009's BRAVE

The Bristol Old Vic Young Company unites around 350 7-25-year-olds who enjoy a year-round programme of workshops, training and productions led by seasoned theatre professionals. Recent shows have included Children of Killers, Coram Boy and The Grandfathers. Epic both in scale and ambition, The Life After sees the Young Company reclaim the Theatre en masse for a production to rival their acclaimed 2009 production BRAVE. For more info on the Young Company and our work across the city, see

The Life After rehearsal images: Chris Collier, Kitty Wheeler Shaw and Geoff Dunlop

The Life After
14-16 Feb
(Sat mat)

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