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The Night Alive - Jack Studio Theatre

The Night Alive

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FIRST Knight Theatre is presenting The Night Alive by Conor McPherson at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, June 9, 2018.

You only get a few goes. At life. You don’t get endless goes. Two, three goes maybe. When you hit the right groove you’ll click right in there…this is it.

Tommy is not a bad man, he’s getting by – renting a rundown room in his Uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to another with his pal Doc.

Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.

The Night Alive deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

Dan Armour directs a cast that includes David Cox (as Tommy), Bethan Boxall (Aimee), Eoin Lynch (Doc), Dan Armour (Maurice) and Howie Ripley (Kenneth).

Conor McPherson is a playwright and screen writer who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation’. He won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up The
Weir
. In 2006, he received a Tony Award for Shining City and an Olivier nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer.

The Night Alive premiered at the Donmar in June 2013 before transferring to New York. The Girl from the North Country with music from Bob Dylan, had its world premiere at the Old Vic theatre in July 2017 and transferred to London’s West End in January 2018.

First Knight Theatre is a new production company created by Dan and Pauline Armour. The Armours’ previous productions at the Jack Studio include A Doll’s House, Clybourne Park, The Pitmen Painters and Handbagged.

The Night Alive has set design by Dave Jones, costume design by Pauline Armour and sound design by Tom Dignum.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions – available from the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or online at brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Ross McGregor’s new version of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters continues at the Jack Studio Theatre until April 14. Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Adrian McLoughlin’s The Golden F**king Years (April 17 to April 28) and Kes, Robert Alan Evans’ adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel for a Knave (May 2 to May 19, 2018).