The Children

Royal Court

The Children

17 Nov 2016 - 14 Jan 2017

£10.00 - N/A

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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

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.


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“Displays a fine eye for niggling details as well as the broader picture... Meticulous writing and equally nuanced performances.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Kirkwood instils a fine mood – a heavy, melancholic languor – and speckles the play with moments of crack theatricality. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“A big part of the brilliance of Kirkwood’s play is how the nuclear scenario only half matters... Also a fine character piece.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Once it shifts into fourth gear, her play grips compulsively... A slow-burn play but one that raises profound questions.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Witty, provocative and accusatory play that raises vital questions about social responsibility... Never less than compelling.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work provoking questions that will continue to nag and expand in your mind.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“All three actors are splendid... sensitive direction.. Annis in particular showing herself the mistress of the expressive glance”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Written and played so acutely, with such a light touch, with a spot-on set... Sly, gripping, darkly funny... Really good.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Ingenious... Cook brings his cockatoo chirpiness to the part of the fellow who is both a cheat and a salve. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Much to offer... Witty and fascinatingly off-kilter... Macdonald’s production could do with an injection of pace.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“What began as a comedy of manners... starts, like the setting summer sun, to glow with a much more sinister hue... Much to enjoy”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Kirkwood’s ambitions run amok, exploring mortality, parental responsibility and the guilt... Painful but thought provoking.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

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