Storylines – The Children
A new web feature for our productions. We’ve gathered together all sorts of digital information about our production of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood.
THE GUARDIAN, UK
Lucy Kirkwood astonished us in 2013 with the epic scope of Chimerica, dealing with global politics. She now follows it with a three-character play which, although smaller in scale, still impresses by its capacity to raise big issues; in particular how people in the future will react to the poisoned legacy of the present.
PODCAST – WRITERS WHO TALK, UK
THE EVENING STANDARD, UK
Playwright Lucy Kirkwood has revealed her new technique for gauging the success of her plays â lurking in New York taxi queues.
Kirkwood made her Broadway debut this week as her play The Children transferred to Samuel J Friedman Theatre in Manhattan from the Royal Court.
TALKBACK – ROYAL COURT THEATRE, UK
THE GUARDIAN, UK
With its slow release of a series of moral questions, Lucy Kirkwoodâs engrossingly topical play becomes a controlled experiment. When three retired ex-colleagues reunite after 38 years, their emotional reactions to each other take them straight back to their shared past, when they worked as physicists developing the nearby nuclear power plant, which has since suffered a meltdown. Itâs clear that age cannot guarantee maturity when sexual rivalry is in the mix.
Lucy Kirkwoodâs âThe Childrenâ examines a nuclear disaster like Fukushima â but with a surprising twist
The setting of Lucy Kirkwoodâs taut eco-drama âThe Childrenâ is Englandâs east coast, but the crisis is borrowed directly from Japanâs 2011 nuclear disaster. When the tsunami is described by Hazel, the retiree who saw it and who lives just outside the contaminated âexclusion zone,â you can visualize the news footage from Fukushima.
BROADWAY.COM , US