The Children

The Australian premiere
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About the event

After decades of hard work and raising a family, Hazel and her husband Robin have retired to a cottage by the sea. It’s the idyllic life they always wanted – but there’s a catch.

Not far away, the nuclear power plant they used to work at has been torn apart by a natural disaster. And into their quiet life comes an old friend with a frightening proposition. The fallout will be unpredictable.

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood wowed audiences with the globe-trotting thriller Chimerica in 2017. Now, with The Children, she’s been heralded as "the most rewarding dramatist of her generation" (The Independent, UK).

The play has been the toast of London and is on its way to Broadway. In it, Kirkwood creates a touching and richly detailed study of three people coming to grips with choices they made decades ago.

"Impresses by its capacity to raise big issues; in particular how people in the future will react to the poisoned legacy of the present."

THE GUARDIAN

★★★★"Buoyed by wit, humour"

THE MUSIC

★★★★ "Tackling globally significant issues"

TIME OUT MELBOURNE

★★★★ "Three of Australia's finest actors"

HERALD SUN

★★★★ "Powerful... makes you reflect on the big questions"

THE AGE

★★★★ "The cast are stellar... a tremendously funny work."

DAILY REVIEW