Conor McPherson's The Night Alive is a play about the small lives of a group of down-and-outers in Dublin. It was first performed at the Donmar Warehouse, London, on 19 June 2013 (previews from 13 June).
Tommy, a middle-aged loner separated from his wife and children, is renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house in Dublin. He scrapes a living doing odd jobs with his pal Doc. But Tommy's life is overturned when he takes in Aimee, a bloodied, beaten-up young woman he found being battered by Kenneth, her apparent boyfriend. Together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives.
The Donmar Warehouse premiere was directed by Conor McPherson and designed by Soutra Gilmour, with Ciarán Hinds as Tommy, Michael McElhatton as Doc, Caoilfhionn Dunne as Aimee, Brian Gleeson as Kenneth and Jim Norton as Maurice. The production immediately followed Josie Rourke’s acclaimed revival of McPherson’s earlier hit play, The Weir, at the same venue.
The production subsequently transferred to the Linda Gross Theater in New York, presented by the Atlantic Theater Company, where it opened in December 2013. Ben Brantley, the influential theatre critic at the New York Times, declared the play 'extraordinary... [McPherson] has a singular gift for making the ordinary glow with an extra dimension'. The Night Alive went on to win the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, 2014.