By April De Angelis
Directed by Samuel West
A Theatre Royal Plymouth production
‘A cracking Samuel West production’
“I blame the books they learned to read with. Daddy at the office. Mummy looking out of the window while she’s washing up. I should have burnt them.”
It’s Virgie’s 81st birthday and she is bucking convention with a very surprising trick up her sleeve. But always a more committed artist than mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her distinctly unusual birthday plans.
Will her loved ones consent to her last wish, or could the secrets of their past stand in the way?
April De Angelis’ After Electra is a deeply moving and blisteringly witty black comedy that re-imagines the meaning of family and explores how the choices we make can change our lives forever.
After Electra, follows April De Angelis’ Jumpy (4 stars from Guardian/Telegraph/The Arts Desk) which transferred to the West End following it’s sell out success at the Royal Court and is now receiving international acclaim.
‘I don’t believe it! Grumpy Virgie gives Victor Meldrew a run for his money
in After Electra… a strong comic creation’
‘Sly, hilarious, biting and ultimately moving’
‘Really good fun’
‘Samuel West’s consistently engaging production’
‘Director Samuel West paces the piece beautifully
with excellent timing and delivery’
‘A funny and brutally honest discussion of life, ageing and death…
the performances are all beautifully drawn… hilarious’
‘Well written and crisply acted by a strong cast, this is a must see play’
‘It’s such a pleasure to see an octogenarian character as complex as Vergie on stage
– and Marty Cruickshank plays her with verve and glitter’