The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood

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Thu 17 Nov - Sat 14 Jan 2017

“Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.”

Two retired nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles.

Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

“At our time of life we simply cannot deal with this shit.”

Royal Court Theatre commissioned The Children with a generous grant from the Berwin Lee New Play Commission.

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"Grips compulsively."

Michael Billington, The Guardian Read full review

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"A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work.... Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation."

Paul Taylor, The Independent Read full review

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"A witty, slippery play of debate as well as an engaging character study."

Natasha Tripney, The Stage Read full review

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"All kinds of undercurrents swirl beneath the conversational ebbs and flows, by turns convivial and toxic."

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph Read full review

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"This is sci-fi kitted out with real people, real dilemmas, real scope. It’s really good."

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out Read full review

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"Played beautifully by a brilliant cast."

Matt Trueman, What's On Stage Read full review

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