PREVIEW: After the Ball, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The theatre will present Ian Grant’s new play from the 7th March. 


Presented by Time Productions, Ian Grant’s new play explores how our acts can continue to reverberate down the generations and is based on a true event in 1918 and an unresolved family memory.

London, 1914. As the Great War breaks out in Europe, Blanche and William meet at a dance and marry. They share a political passion for peace, but William enlists to fight in Belgium. Amidst the horrors of the battlefield, he finds love with another woman, while Blanche is left at home with their baby.

The production is directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou who said: “I am really passionate about presenting the female perspective and championing theatre that has strong female characters that are complicated, flawed and layered. What drew me to After the Ball is the effect war has on women. The protagonist of the play, Blanche, goes through so much pain during the First World War, yet still remains the rock of the family. I am fascinated by her strength and resilience to keep the family unit together, even when the war shatters her world.”

Ian Grant’s previous work includes Stella Europa (Hen and Chickens Theatre) and the libretto Thomas Boleyn (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).

The production’s creative team includes designs by Natalie Pryce, lighting design by George Bach and sound design by Chris Drohan.

After the Ball will play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 7th to the 24th March. For more information and to book  tickets visit:

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