Rattigan's attack on the moral vacuity of the 'bright young things' of the twenties and thirties, written between French Without Tears and The Deep Blue Sea.
David is a high-living, hard-drinking, successful writer involved with two women: his wife Joan and an earnest-minded younger woman, Helen. When Joan commits suicide David considers following her but instead returns to a life of parties and drinking.
This edition includes an authoritative introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
'one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century' - Guardian
'a harrowing critique of a period of heedless frivolity and a dazzling reminder of the strengths of Rattigan's writing' - Evening Standard
'a great and wonderful revelation... combines superb social comedy with shafts of powerful emotion' - Telegraph
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it was my 2nd year of college and i had to find a brittish playwright. as i scrolled the dusty shelfs of the library i happen to find the purple thin book entitled the above. i didn't see anything special about it but i took it anyway. and i'm so glad i did. a couple of my friends and i beagn reading this play and we walked all through town with it, we couldn't put it down. to cut a long story short i used the play for my directing piece and it help gain me a distintion. i'm 19 years old at the time i was 18, normally books or plays of this nature would be a turn off for me becasue i could not relate to them. what after the dance does to appeal to it's audiences of my era is take the old fashoined idea called love and add that freshness that you don't always get these days, not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this but the fact that there isn't a big knees up happy ending brought me a weird sense of comfort i welcomed the dispair of the characters because it kept me interested, i would recomended this to anyone especially those with the desire to write