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After Life

After Life

Original author Kore-eda Hirokazu
Adapted by Jack Thorne
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040146, 80 pages, November 2021


If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?

A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death. Encouraged by enigmatic officials, they must sift through their past lives to choose their forever.

Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, After Life is a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, and a haunting meditation on what it is to live – and to die.


"Miraculous... an absolutely superb play... I was incredibly moved by it... a properly transcendent piece of theatre."

- Time Out

"A powerful show with subtlety and tenderness."

- The i

"A great idea, charmingly done... Although After Life is based on a film, its best parts are pure theatre."

- Guardian

"A compelling vision of eternity."

- The Times