After the Party

A World Premiere by Serge Cartwright

A fresh, comic take on an everyday Londoner’s attempt to go from rank outsider to out and out winner.

Sean and Ray are best friends from Stratford. Once a promising DJ double act, now they're stuck in a rut: 30ish, unemployed but still clinging to a fantasy of making it in the music industry. With a baby on the way and the world about to arrive on their doorstep for London 2012, it could be the perfect opportunity for them to make something of their lives....

Serge Cartwrights previous work includes Moscow Live and The Matter in Hand, which was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize.


Delivered with much plausible streetwise swagger by a cast led by Richard Riddell (Sean) and David Fynn (Ray), it’s consistently funny, emotionally on the button and probably deserves a further life even though it provides a neat snapshot of this mad,adrenalin-filled month

The Daily Telegraph

Hodges’ production has a rough energy. David Fynn is horribly good.

The Guardian

Cartwright's springy dialogue gives Kate Lamb – "Iss ajoke, I swear" – the chance to give a knockout turn as a white rude-girl. Alongside Jeremy Hunt on banging the national drum and David Cameron on being unswerving, there's a fine rap sequence and an elegant episode of burger-tossing choreography. 

The Observer

Samuel Hodges's directorial panache, and a great performance from David Fynn as Sean's bad influence best mate Ray, provide comic flair.


Serge Cartwright’s After the Party flies off the blocks. Samuel Hodges’s production is well staged.

The Times

Kate Lamb steals her scene as Sean’s girlfriend’s excruciatingly Jafaican sister.

The Financial Times

Lovely moments ofdaftness… Samuel Hodges directs with a sure touch, and there are enjoyable performances from Richard Riddell and the excellent David Fynn.

The Evening Standard

Cartwright writes ina spirit of impromptu reaction to the games, giving a low life, Ben Jonsonian alternative to the background drone of David Cameron triumphalism.


David Fynn is a treat as Sean’s slobby, cherub-cheeked mate.


Malcolm Hamilton plays druggy friend Keith with equal wit, recalling Mackenzie Crook's Ginger in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem. Kate Lamb makes a remarkable transformation from sexy Panamanian Carmela to Ms Dynamite-style Natalie, Chelle's sister. Directed with wit and precision by Samuel Hodges.

The Arts Desk

Wickedly funny and suprisingly touching, thisis a great new piece that deserves further outings. And it's funny - plenty of excellent gags, from one-liners to visuals, pepper the piece, and yet don't get in the way of some genuinely touching moments.

One Stop Arts

Writer: Serge Cartwright
Director: Samuel Hodges
Designer: James Cotterill
Lighting: Emma Chapman
Assistant Lighting: Josh Carr
Sound: Greg Clarke
Casting: Camilla Evans


Sophie Cosson
David Fynn
Malcolm Hamilton
Kate Lamb
Richard Riddell

Open Dress Rehearsal:
Saturday 28 July, 1.00pm (Contact the Theatre on 020 7839 8811 to attend)

Sunday 29 July, 5.00pm

Monday 30 July, 4.15pm

Performance Run:
Tuesday 31 July, 4.15pm
Thursday 2 August, 4.15pm
Friday 3 August, 4.15pm
Sunday 5 August, 5.00pm
Monday 6 August, 4.15pm
Tuesday 7 August, 4.15pm
Thursday 9 August, 4.15pm (Captioned Performance)
Friday 10 August, 4.15pm (Audio Described Performance)
Sunday 12 August, 6.00pm

Tickets £7.50 - £15
Two Plays £20 best available seats (ring box office for ticket offer)
Box Office: 0844 847 1778

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