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Brendan Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan and Stephen Rea in RTE After Life

The final part of John Boorman's trilogy of satires on Modern Ireland started in The Hit List and followed by 2020..

Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Susan Fitzgerald and Saoirse Ronan lead an all star cast in John Boorman's After Life

Aired 18 DEC 2012 in RTÉ RADIO 1 Drama On One

Speaking to RTÉ TEN about the play, Ronan said: "It’s called After Life, it’s written by John Boorman. I play an angel who appears to Angeline Ball’s character who is in heaven and trying to stay in touch with her husband.

"It’s an amazing cast; Brendan Gleeson is in it, Stephen Rea, my dad [Paul] is in it as well so it’s been lovely. It’s been fun and it’s been nice seeing everyone today."

Gleeson added that it was 'great' to be reunited with the cast for the final part of the trilogy: “It’s great. John is so special and for the last three Christmases, this is what we had as an early Christmas present so it’s fantastic to come back in, it’s always lovely.”

Director Boorman, who worked with Gleeson on The General and The Tiger's Tale also enjoyed the experience: "I was just saying to Brendan here that it was very touching at the end and the actors have injected an emotion into this thing that I didn’t even realise it had.

"So I was very pleased with this marvellous cast that Kevin Reynolds [RTÉ Drama on One Producer] assembled for me and it’s just wonderful to play with actors of that calibre because they can bring so much out of the cold lines of dialogue. It’s been a great experience."

PLOT

After a hasty dispatch to the next world, Joe Devlin, Brendan Gogarty and their respective wives, Áine and Hilary, find themselves floating in very illustrious company in the hereafter.

CAST

Conor....... Laurence Kinlan

Gerry ...........Brian Gleeson

Brendan .. Stephen Rea

Áine ........... Angeline Ball

Jo ............... Brendan Gleeson

Hilary ..... Susan Fitzgerald

Angel ...... Saoirse Ronan

Shakespeare ... Nick Dunning

Churchill ..... Brendan Gleeson

Kant ........... Brian Gleeson

Engels ..... OLiver Callan

Marx ......... Joe Taylor

Lenin ........ Stanley Townsend

Joyce ..... Paul Ronan

Writer ..... John Boorman

Director .... John Boorman

Music ........ Daragh Dukes

Dramaturg ... Jesper Bergmann

Sound ........ Damien Chennells

Extra Recordings .... Kevin Brew

Producer.... Kevin Reynolds.

REFERENCES

https://www.rte.ie/radio/dramaonone/647278-genres-comedy-afterlife

EXTERNAL LINKS

The play

Tv News story on the recording - https://youtu.be/mC1ye5p03Oo

Press release https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2012/1219/442261-gleesonb/

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