After the Act London Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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Clever, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

About the Show

The world premiere of a new musical about LGBTQ+ adults who grew up under section 28.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (4)

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109 Reviews | 6 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Edgy, Clever

See it if You’re interested in queer history

Don't see it if You want to see a fun show

221 Reviews | 42 Followers
Slow, Refreshing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Your interested in queer history

Don't see it if your like classic musicals

45 Reviews | 2 Followers
Entertaining, Educational, Clever

See it if You want to know more about LGBTQ history and Section 28, told through the words of people who lived through it

Don't see it if You don't like small shows (casts, theatres, etc), or if you don't like sometimes patchy singing and sound mixing.

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
Interesting, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in new musical theatre writing, verbatim theatre, the topic of the show, or just seeing a cool new show at a small venue!

Don't see it if you don't like vamp music to go on longer than necessary. (This really does need to be tighter, it gets distracting at times.)

Critic Reviews (9)

March 16th, 2023

“Tonally, the production is more light-hearted than it sounds. There's a lot of wit in the script, and the cast find moments of physical comedy too, meaning this never feels like a history without hope. The ending is in many ways a call to action, even if it becomes a little too obviously signposted.”
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The London Evening Standard
March 9th, 2023

“A very brisk show is performed by a likeable, energetic cast of four in colour-coded suits and white trainers on a bare wood set...Admittedly, the overall vibe is a bit student-y, the acting strident and the choreography full of basic shoulder-dips and clenched-fist salutes.”
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The Guardian (UK)
March 10th, 2023

“This fizzing, fiery musical tells the story of that legislation and how its effect brought shame, secrecy, loneliness, trauma and abuse on those growing up gay under it.”
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Time Out London
March 9th, 2023

“What ‘After the Act’ shows so magnificently is that, for so many children, Section 28 didn’t protect them. It destroyed them.”
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The Stage (UK)
March 10th, 2023

“The show also links its underlying attitudes with today’s rampant transphobia. However, it would be good to see more of a spotlight on why the law was repealed.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
March 10th, 2023

"Ellice Stevens and Billy Barrett are the true champions of the evening, their work across different creative field pulling together a show that is as entertaining as it is educational. "
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March 9th, 2023

“It might not be the most assured musical on currently, but it’s a good testament to resistance, alive and kicking.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 10th, 2023

“What sets this show apart is its entertaining yet painstaking historical documentation of the cultural and political discourse of the time.”
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