The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood

3 February — 10 March 2018

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

In an idyllic cottage on the British coast, two retired nuclear scientists are enjoying the quiet life. Outside, the world is in chaos after a devastating Fukushima-like disaster. Then one day, an old friend arrives with a frightening proposition. The fallout will be cataclysmic.

1 hour and 55 minutes. No interval.

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Sarah Peirse

Sarah Peirse


Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe


William Zappa

William Zappa



Sarah Goodes



Elizabeth Gadsby

Set & Costume Designer


Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Steve Francis

Steve Francis

Composer & Sound Designer


Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach

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Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant new play The Children asks big questions about the responsibility that each generation faces in leaving a better world for the next, with Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Sarah Peirse (Switzerland) and William Zappa (Rock ‘n’ Roll) balancing the stark realities of our times with intrigue and humour. This Australian premiere is directed by MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes.

You can also download a copy of the show programme for The Children before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – ranging from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance