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By Lucy Kirkwood
Director: Susan Wilson
30 March – 27 April
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm
Fri – Sat 8pm
$25 – $52
Runtime: 1 hour 45mins (NO INTERVAL)
The New Zealand Premiere
The Children has been an enormous hit worldwide. Playwright Lucy Kirkwood, one of the world’s most exciting young playwrights, offers this beautifully written play which tackles timely themes.
Three of New Zealand’s most esteemed actors, Catherine Downes (Switzerland, Joyful and Triumphant), Carmel McGlone (Escaped Alone, Three Days in the Country) and Peter Hambleton (Three Days in the Country, The Hobbit) star in this gripping new drama that beautifully balances the realities of our times with intrigue and humour.
The world is in chaos. Two nuclear physicists, Hazel and Robin are trying to go about their life of yoga and farming as though nothing has changed. But everything shifts when an old friend, Rose, knocks on their door. Something doesn’t feel right… the fallout will be unpredictable.
The Children introduces us to this trio of characters in a witty and touching story that rumbles with big questions about how we live. What responsibility do we have for this planet? What do we want to leave behind for our children?
‘Grips compulsively.’ ★★★★★ – Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘Engrossing, disturbing, funny and nightmarish. Recommended!’ ★★★★★ – Stage Noise
‘A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work… Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.’ ★★★★★ – Paul Taylor, The Independent
‘Real people, real dilemmas real scope. It’s really good.’ – Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
‘Bristling with chills and suspense. Thrilling!’ – The New York Times