We took 40 east end residents, playing 100 characters (including animals, mermaids and limpets) and told their story of fun and adventure in the jungle, on the high seas, on the sea bed and on the Ocean Estate, following the journey of Hassan and Joy, twins separated at birth, from East to West.
Drawing on carnival, pantomime and Hindi film styles as inspiration, After the Storm dealt with the themes of immigration, separation and destruction of the environment in an east end epic which celebrated The East End Festival in 1990. This was a community and youth performance and the last that took place at the Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road.
Elizabeth Lynch has had a long association with Half Moon Theatre since the 1980s. She talks about working with several youth and community theatre groups on a production, After The Storm, which was performed in the main house at the Mile End Road Theatre. Interviewed by Rio Puffett.
John Turner was Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road from 1989 to 1990. He talks about the last ever performance at that theatre, which was After The Storm, by the Young People’s Theatre. Interviewed by Rosie Vincent