Music & Lyrics by Stuart Matthew Price
Book & Additional Lyrics by Timothy Knapman
Based on an original concept by Stuart Matthew Price
Before After was live streamed from the Southwark Playhouse on the 25th and 26th of September 2020 and streamed to audiences in 44 countries. The production was awarded an OnComm Commendation which recognises the best theatrical work to be presented online during lockdown. We have since been listed as one of 4 finalists for the OnComm Awards 2021.
Ami meets Ben by a tree on a beautiful hillside. She recognises him instantly: they were once very much in love. But Ben doesn’t remember her at all. What went so terribly wrong in the past, and is there a chance that, in the present, these two lovers might just find their happy ever after, after all?
ROSALIE CRAIG (AMI)
Theatre credits include Bobbie in Company (Gielgud Theatre, Evening Standard Award and Olivier Nomination), Gabby/Bobbi in City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse and Garrick), The Ferryman (Gielgud Theatre), As You Like It (National Theatre), Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), London Road (National Theatre) The Light Princess (National Theatre- Evening Standard and Olivier nominations), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Macbeth (Manchester International Festival), Sweeney Todd (ENO), Becoming (Donmar Warehouse – Co Writer with Michelle Terry).
Television credits include Truthseekers (Amazon Prime), Invisible (ITV), Father Brown (BBC), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Doc Martin (ITV), Patriot (Amazon), Endeavour (ITV), Lovesick (BBC3), Miranda (BBC2), My Family and Other Animals (BBC) and Casanova (BBC).
Film credits include This Nan’s Life, Sulphur and White, and London Road.
HADLEY FRASER (BEN)
Hadley's theatre credits include The Antipodes (National Theatre), The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Saint Joan, City of Angels, The Vote, Coriolanus (all Donmar Warehouse), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bristol Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at the Garrick Theatre), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s and Palace Theatres), The Pirate Queen (Broadway), The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary (Royal Albert Hall), Les Miserables 25th Anniversary (O2 Arena).
Film and television credits include All Is True, Murder on the Orient Express, The Legend of Tarzan, Les Miserables, The Lost Tribe, Decline and Fall, The Wrong Mans, Endeavour, Holby City, Doctor Who, Pompidou, Him, Son’s of Liberty.
Hadley wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Committee at the Donmar Warehouse and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
COMING BACK (BEN, AMI)
A LITTLE LONGER (AMI)
SKETCHES PART ONE (BEN)
THIS TIME (AMI)
FOR THE FIRST TIME (BEN)
THE PAINTING (AMI)
UP HERE (BEN, AMI)
NO MORE FORGETTING (BEN, AMI)
DRAWING AMI (BEN)
AS LONG AS YOU'RE THERE (BEN, AMI)
DADDY, I MET THIS BOY (AMI)
THE CLOSER WE GET (BEN, AMI)
THE NEXT STEP (BEN)
ALL THESE PICTURES (BEN, AMI)
THREE LONG MONTHS (BEN, AMI)
BEFORE AFTER (BEN)
SKETCHES PART TWO (BEN, AMI)
THIS TIME REPRISE (AMI)
COMING BACK REPRISE (BEN, AMI)
Charlie Ingles- MD/Keys | Alex Crawford- Guitars | Natalie Hancock- Cello
STUART MATTHEW PRICE (MUSIC & LYRICS)
Stuart wrote ‘Before After’ with Timothy Knapman, which premiered in the studio space at The Other Palace (then known as The St. James Theatre) and continues it’s sold out productions in Tokyo, Japan. Also with Knapman, Stuart wrote his previous musical ‘Imaginary’ which premiered at The Other Palace in August 2017 and was commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre. The musical is available for licensing through TRW (Theatrical Rights Worldwide). Other projects currently in development are an adaptation of the Netflix documentary ‘Man vs. Snake’ with Daniel Fletcher, and an adaptation of the cult movie ‘Drop Dead Fred’ with Timothy Knapman and the original authors of the 1991 Hollywood movie. Stuart is also releasing a two part album of original work called ‘Melodies & Motion’ this coming December. He is also Creative Director for UNITED THEATRICAL (previous productions include ‘The Addams Family’ UK Tour and ‘A Spoonful of Sherman’ UK Tour). Credits as a performer include the critically-acclaimed ‘Parade’ (Donmar Warehouse), ‘The Sound Of Music' (Regent's Park), ‘Shrek The Musical’ (Drury Lane) and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ (European tour).
TIMOTHY KNAPMAN (BOOK & ADDITIONAL LYRICS)
TIMOTHY KNAPMAN is a lyricist, musical theatre bookwriter, and the author of over 50 children’s books. Musicals: as well as Before After, he and Stuart Matthew Price have written Imaginary (National Youth Music Theatre, 2017). With Laurence Mark Wythe, he wrote Midnight (Union Theatre), Danny Hero (Perfect Pitch Musicals/Made in Corby) and Growl: The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf (NYMT, 2019). Other theatre: Gilbert and Sullivan: All At Sixes and Sevens (King’s Head), A Christmas Carol (Creation Theatre), The Smallest Person (Trestle Theatre), The Stag King (Edinburgh). Children’s books include: Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates, Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Follow The Track All The Way Back, Captain Sparklebeard, and the Superhero Dad, Mum and Gran books. @TimothyKnapman
MATTHEW RANKCOM (DIRECTOR)
Matthew has a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grey Area. He wrote the Book & Lyrics of 'Perfectly Ordinary' which he also directed at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Matthew has directed regional productions of 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Spring Awakening', and worked as an Assistant Director on the recent UK Tour of 'Salad Days'. He recently produced and ran 'The Zoom Where it Happens', an online event workshopping seven new musicals with a total of 56 graduate performers. Matthew is thrilled to be working with this wonderful team on such a unique theatrical endeavour.
CHARLIE INGLES (MUSICAL DIRECTOR)
As Musical Director: Spring Awakening: RWCMD, Cinderella: Cheltenham Everyman, Daddy Long Legs: Barn Theatre. Club Tropicana: UK Tour. Guys & Dolls: Mill At Sonning. Sweet Charity: Watermill Theatre. Sleepy Hollow: The Other Palace. Top Hat: Upstairs At The Gatehouse. Billy The Kid: Leicester Curve. Imaginary, A New Musical: The Other Palace. Sweeney Todd: RW- CMD. High Society: The Mill At Sonning. Forbidden Broadway: GSA. The MGM Story: Gatehouse & UK Tour. That’s Jewish Entertainment: Gatehouse Theatre. The List (Workshop): Park Theatre. Red Riding Hood, A New Music- al: Pleasance Theatre London and International Tour. The King, Peter Schau- fuss: International Tour. Company: Shoreditch Town Hall.
As Assistant Musical Director: Flashdance The Musical: UK Tour. Emma: A New Musical (Workshop). Ragtime: Charing Cross Theatre. The Battle Of Boat: Rose Kingston. The Mikado: Battersea Barge. The Hired Man: St James Theatre. Prodigy: A New Musical – St James Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie (48Hour Challenge) – Adelphi Theatre.
SAMANTHA DYE (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR)
Samantha has a PGDip in Voice Studies from RCSSD and is also the co-founder and Executive Director of The Grey Area. She was the Associate Director and Dramaturg for ‘Perfectly Ordinary’ at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. Samantha has worked as a voice coach for various productions including Northern Stage’s UK Tours of ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ and ‘Catch 22’. She also currently works at ArtsEd. Samantha is extremely grateful to be working with such a great team to bring back live theatre again.
BARTEK PODKOWA (LIVESTREAM OPERATOR)
ORLA DALY (STAGE MANAGER)
TOM BEGLEY (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
FRANCIS BOTU (SOUND DESIGNER)
LAURA LOUTIT (PRODUCTION ASSISTANT)
ALICE FINBOW (PRODUCTION ARTWORK)
NICK RUTTER (PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER)
SUSIE SAFAVI (PR)
This production was made possible with the support of The Southwark Playhouse and Gary Beestone Events & Theatre. With thanks to ArtsEd & Cat and Lee for Southwark Playhouse.
BEFORE AFTER was originally workshopped at the St James Theatre (now The Other Palace) in 2014 and was produced by United Theatrical.