Based on stories surrounding the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children takes place after a nuclear meltdown in the UK, which has left a large portion of the country uninhabitable. In an isolated cottage by the sea, Hazel and Robin, two retired nuclear scientists, try to live out the rest of their days in relative peace until Rose, an old friend and former colleague, arrives and tries to convince them to come back to work. Shocked by the request, Hazel refuses, believing her retirement was well earned.
The Children is a play about our duties to future generations. It provokes the audience to empathize in equal measure with both Rose and Hazel, and ignites the central question: What does it mean to take responsibility?
This Halifax premiere, directed by Laura Vingoe-Cram, opens in in May 2019.