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

The Children review – Kirkwood’s slow-burning drama asks profound questions

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

Writers Who Talk – Episode 1 – Lucy Kirkwood


THE EVENING STANDARD, UK

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood on her novel approach to gauging criticism

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood has revealed her new technique for gauging the success of her plays — 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

The Children review – Lucy Kirkwood’s taut tale of human and atomic meltdown

With its slow release of a series of moral questions, Lucy Kirkwood’s 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. It’s clear that age cannot guarantee maturity when sexual rivalry is in the mix.


WASHINGTON POST

Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘The Children’ examines a nuclear disaster like Fukushima — but with a surprising twist

The setting of Lucy Kirkwood’s taut eco-drama “The Children” is England’s east coast, but the crisis is borrowed directly from Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. When the tsunami is described by Hazel, the retiree who saw it and who lives just outside the contaminated “exclusion zone,” you can visualize the news footage from Fukushima.


BROADWAY.COM , US