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The Children by Lucy Kirkwood


Wed 26 May 2021, 5:30pm–7:00pm
Thu 27 May 2021, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 28 May 2021, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sat 29 May 2021, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sat 29 May 2021, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: 12+


Listed by: ali73hf

How will we act, now, when the world seems to be ending?

Three of Western Australia’s most cherished and revered actors join forces in a provocative new drama set to make its WA premiere at Burt Hall 8-29 May. The Children by Lucy Kirkwood and featuring Jenny Davis, Vivienne Garret and Andrew Lewis, bring this powerful play to life to reflect on the big questions of responsibility and the impact of human activity on the planet.

The Children has been an enormous hit on London and New York stages, engrossing audiences and attracting immense critical acclaim. Playwright Lucy Kirkwood is one of the world’s most exciting young playwrights, heralded as “the most rewarding dramatist of her generation” (The Independent, UK).

In an idyllic cottage on the British coast, two retired nuclear scientists, Hazel (Jenny Davis) and Robin (Andrew Lewis), are enjoying the quiet life. Apart from the electricity rationing, daily radiation warnings and coastal erosion, everything with them is fine. Around them however, the world is in chaos, with the fallout of a nuclear power plant meltdown threatening their very existence. When old friend and colleague Rose (Vivienne Garrett) arrives unexpectedly, their future and past lives collide as they debate the present and the challenges they face.

Clever, witty and provocative, The Children introduces us to this trio of characters in a touching story that skillfully addresses the importance of legacy, generational responsibilities and the environmental impact on the planet of human activity and what we want to leave behind for our children. 

The Children includes WA cast favourites: Jenny Davis, Vivienne Garrett and Andrew Lewis
Writer: Lucy Kirkwood
Director: Kate Cherry