After Dinner is an ironic black comedy about single life and hidden desires. Taking place in the 80’s, five people converge on a suburban nightspot to enjoy a meal and the after dinner entertainment, but as the evening progresses and tongues loosen, they find out more about themselves than they would have liked to.
Office workers Dympie, the neurotic control freak, and happy-go-lucky Paula hit their local watering hole every Friday evening to unwind. They drink a few glasses of wine, and watch the local band. On this particular evening, the pair takes pity on their recently widowed colleague Monika and invite her along. Gordon, a bit of a loser whose wife has just left him, and Stephen, a Neanderthal who’s simply out for a one-night stand sit at an adjacent table. After Dinner unveils the vulnerability of the human condition, exposing the foibles, pain, and humour of the characters’ inner lives.
Directed by Anna Kauppila, After Dinner was written by acclaimed Australian playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell. This classic Aussie comedy was first produced in Melbourne, then in various theatres across Ireland the UK. Now it arrives in Finland for the first time, brought to you by the Finn-Brit Players, one of the awesomest English language theatre group based in Helsinki. With After Dinner the group continues to perform fresh and innovative theatre, both classical and contemporary.
The show premieres at Helsinki’s renowned Koko Teatteri (Unioninkatu 45) on Saturday 22nd March, and continues its run at Teatteri Narri (Hietaniemenkatu 9) on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April.
Starring Angie Hämäläinen, Mira Fitzpatrick, Amanda Thurman, Jarrad Dowd and Matti Keltanen.
Produced by Steve Porter. Stage managed by Agnieszka Flak.
Koko Teatteri, Unioninkatu 45
22nd March @ 2pm & 7pm
Teatteri Narri, Hietaniemenkatu 9
12th April @ 2pm & 7pm, 13th April @ 2pm
Tickets are €9 (€6 concessions - members, students, pensioners etc.
Ticket bookings are closed, but as of closing time there was still capacity in the Saturday 12th 2pm show—welcome to try at the door!