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Theatre 180’s “The Children” gets 3.5/5

Off the heels of I and You, comes Theatre 180’s “The Children” written by Lucy Kirkwood, and directed by Kate Cherry. Three of WA’s most cherished and revered actors come together in a provocative drama, making its premiere in Burt Hall on St George’s Terrace.

Featuring Jenny Davis, Vivienne Garret, and Andrew Lewis in the roles of Hazel, Rose, and Robin respectively, The Children is a powerful play that reflects the big questions of responsibility, authority, and our environmental impact as a species.

Prompted by the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Lucy Kirkwood took to delivering the world a powerful snapshot between three retired scientists: with Hazel and Robin enjoying a quiet (if not somewhat neurotic) life on the British coast. The sudden visit of Rose, a long-time frenemy of Hazel’s, introduces the audiences to a witty and provocative night, filled with jokes, one-liners, and relatable vignettes that can appeal to all generations.

“If you’re not gonna grow, don’t live.”

Immersive sound design aids the dialogue, and story, alongside the beautifully integrated set design by recent WAAPA graduate, Matthew Raven (The Children, I and You). The Children interweaves and skilfully addresses the importance of legacy, generational responsibilities and stereotapes, our impact on our planet, and the test of marriage; whilst peppering dialogue with sarcastic, and political critique.

“… an intriguing tale of old friends who face a frightening proposition, and will have you asking the big questions …” says Theatre 180’s Artistic Director, Stuart Halusz.

At times The Children did not feel an adequate title for the production – simply because their children weren’t particularly spoken about, or explanations to them weren’t adequately explored – however, its central message of legacy, and duty, shines through in what we leave our children in the end, and what we do to protect them. No matter your age, this production will give insights and pull at the heart. A slow burn to start with, this production is reminiscent of classic British television, and a palpable viewing experience.

Tickets are available until 29 May, and can be booked at www.threatre180.com.au

by JOSHUA HALL HAINES
Editor-in-Chief, the Independent Press Co.

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