Lucy Kirkwood

The Children

SNT Drama Ljubljana

Schedule

17.06.2023, Saturday / 19:00 / Small Stage /

Original title The Children
Première 23. september 2022, Mala Drama
The first Slovenian performance

Running time 1 hour 40 minutes. No intermission. 

Translator Tina Mahkota
Director Nina Šorak
Dramaturg Blaž Lukan
Set designer Branko Hojnik
Costume designer Tina Pavlović
Sound designer Laren Polič Zdravič
Language consultant Klasja Kovačič
Lighting designer Mojca Sarjaš


The performance contains the song Venus by Shocking Blue. 


Cast
Rose Silva Čušin 
Hazel Saša Pavček
Robin Janez Škof
 

The perceptiveness of the pen of Lucy Kirkwood, an English playwright who gained acclaim through writing for the television series Skins and Succession, can also be traced in her play The Children, which the Guardian named the third-best production of the 21st century in 2019. In a cottage somewhere on the east coast of England, three protagonists – nuclear physicists and colleagues from thirty years ago, a retired married couple and their friend, who seems to have "lost herself" in the wide world and is still active in her professional field – are engaging in a seemingly light-hearted and witty conversation. But the reminiscences of their shared youth and their discussion of different ways of coping with ageing and the premonition of the ending gradually turn – somewhere around the play’s midpoint – into a very poignant inquiry of the future, spurred by the recent meltdown at a nearby nuclear power plant they helped to set up together. To go or not to go there to help, to forgo their comfortable lives or to resign themselves to fate …? The casual rummaging through the past, combined with several unpredictable but intimately "fatal" revelations, suddenly becomes a relentless inquiry into the future, not just their future but the common future of humankind. And as a completely different question – can we make decisions that our consciousness offers to us by threatening us with an imminent end?

Director

Nina Šorak was born in Ljubljana in 1985. She has a master’s degree in philosophy (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2011) and a master’s degree in drama studies (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana, 2016). She works as a director and a dramaturg and she also publishes articles and studies on theatre. 
Since 2013 Nina Šorak has directed a dozen of plays in many Slovenian theatres, most notably at the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, the Mladinsko Theatre, the Ljubljana City Theatre, as well as the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre. She has directed new Slovenian plays as well as several first Slovenian productions of prominent international authors, including Stephen Karam, Laura Wade, Véronique Olmi and Lucy Kirkwood. 
 

Producer

Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana is the oldest theatre institution in the country, founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. It is the central Slovenian repertory theatre house and one of the culturally most influential institutions in the region, with a permanent and internationally recognized 44-member ensemble. Drama's repertory includes classical, contemporary and experimental theatre productions.
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
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The Children <em>Photo: Peter Uhan</em>
Photo: Peter Uhan