The Children

August 7th - 17th 2024

2024 season

The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood

Directed by Madeleine Withington

In a quiet coastal cottage, two retired nuclear physicists Hazel and Robin are living a simple life: yoga, salads, farming. Their old workplace, a nuclear power station, has just been devastated by a tsunami. Radiation fills the air. One evening an old
colleague, Rose, drops by unannounced with a proposition which will shake their already fragile world.
Lucy Kirkwood’s (Chimerica, Mosquitoes) Tony-nominated play brings accountability and mortality to the forefront in this surprisingly funny and thought-provoking work. Head, heart and humour: the perfect ingredients.

Dates:  7th August – 17th August 2024  

Location:  The Greek Theatre, Marrickville

Performances: 

Wednesday 7 August 2024 7.30pm Preview
Thursday 8 August 2024 7.30pm Opening Night
Friday 9 August 2024 7.30pm
Saturday 10 August 2024 2.30pm Matinee
Saturday 10 August 2024 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 August 2024 7.30pm
Thursday 15 August 2024 7.30pm
Friday 16 August 2024 7.30pm
Saturday 17 August 2024 2.30pm Matinee
Saturday 17 August 2024 7.30pm

 

Creative Team

Madeleine Withington
Director

Madeleine Withington graduated from the Actor’s Centre Australia in 2014 and since then has been working as an actor and voiceover artist on a range of projects. Her directorial work is fast, funny, and colourful, with a focus on collaborative story telling. Her aesthetic is unique, and lives in heightened reality, creating a visual feast for audiences. Her first short film “Butter: A Love Story” won Best Comedy at Flickerfest in 2023.

Claudia Elbourne
Stage Manager
Paris Burrows
Production Designer

Paris Burrows is a multidisciplinary designer working across fashion, screen and live performance. Her fearless attitude and belief in making purposeful work drivesher to challenge the traditions of art making in time based mediums and the conventions of dress and tailoring in fashion. Paris’s work stand out as experimental, futuristic and dramatic with avant-guard tastes and a refined gothic sensibility. During her time at Nida, she has credits as Costume Designer for Sandaime Richard directed by Ong Keng Sen, Production/Costume Designer for Music Video for Oshua’s Veins, directed by Rebecca MacNamee and Set Designer for The Writer directed by Zoe Hollyoak. Paris also designed the Set and Costumes for Venus in Fur directed by Ryan Whitworth-Jones, nominated for “Best In Theatre” at Sydney Fringe 2023. She is currently preparing to launch her self-titled fashion label Paris Jade Burrows which will launch in late 2023.

www.parisjadeburrows.com

Alex Lee-Rekers
Sound Designer

Alexander is a Sydney-based writer, director and composer. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, AFTRS and NIDA, where he completed his Masters in Writing For Performance. Credits include sound design for Apocka-Wocka-Lockalypse (Tooth & Sinew), Hitler's Daughter (The McDonald College), The Woman And The Car (Ship’s Cat Theatre Company), The Long Haul (Sydney Fringe), Crocodile Fever (KXTeethcutting), The Van De Maar Papers (Ratcatch), Norm's (KXTeethcutting), Whose Uterus Is It Anyway? (BITE), Othello (Sport For Jove) and Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Be Stressed About Anything Again Ever (BITE).

Isobel Morrisey
Lighting Designer
Amy Jamieson
Dramaturg

Having studied dramaturgy and theatre at UNSW, Amy went into high school teaching- hoping to share her love of theatre and plays with young people. After many years of raising her children, this experience with Joining the Dots Theatre has been a joyful reminder of all she loves about theatre. 

Sonya Kerr
Intimacy Advocate:

Cast

Helen O'Connor
Rose

A graduate from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Helen has worked extensively in Australian film, TV and theatre. Her film credits include Kennedy Millers Wreck of the Stinson and Babe, Boys In the Island, Till There Was You, Out of the Body, The Beast, Frauds, Spider and Rose, Natalie Wood:Lost Child, Gingers, and the award winning docudrama Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler. For TV she has appeared in many Aussie series, including Flying Drs, A Country Practice, GP, Medivac, Police Rescue, Grim Pickings, Relative Merits, Loveless, The Girl From Tomorrow, Tomorrow’s End, Headstart, White Collar Blue, Outriders, Don’t Blame Me, Snobs, All Saints, Home and Away, Breakers, Crownies and Rake. Most recently she performed in the all girl comedy web-series Chan & Dee’s Drink Tank, which she co-wrote with Claire Haywood. Her theatre include credits Antigone, Great Expectations, On The Wallaby, No Worries, On Top of the World, Europe, I Hate Hamlet, Quartermaine’s Terms, Straight and Narrow, Milo, Women of Troy and Lipstick Dreams (which she co-wrote with Simon Hopkinson), Miss Reardon Drinks a Little & Catholic School Girls, Wild Thing, and most recently Stephen Sewell’s latest play The Lives of Eve. 

Mark Langham
Robin

Mark most recently appeared in “Misery Loves Company” produced by Legit Theatre Co at KXT Broadway, preceded immediately by “The Ghost Writer” which was staged at Flight Path Theatre and presented by Crying Chair/Secret House.  In 2023, he appeared in “Gundog” produced by Secret House at KXT.  Mark was also in  “Albion” at the Seymour Centre, again for Secret House and New Ghosts Theatre Company.  Prior to that, he was in “Breathing Corpses” at KXT for Eye Contact Theatre Co and he played Shelley Levine in “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the New Theatre.  Originally from UK,  he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, for all the good it did either party.

Alison Chambers
Hazel

Alison graduated from acting school well into last century. Most recent theatre credits include The Front Page (New Theatre) It’s a Wonderful Life and Babette’s Feast (both directed by Nicholas Papademetriou, Relativity (directed by Johann Walraven), Rabbit Hole (Exit Game Productions), W;t (Joining the Dots Theatre), The Telescope (New Fitz), The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Chester St). Her TV credits include All Saints, Home and Away, The Surgeon, Water Rats and A Country Practice and many forgettable TV commercials and yes, a couple of not-so-forgettable ones. In 2018 she co-founded Joining the Dots Theatre Company and is looking forward to their two productions in 2024: The Children by Lucy Kirkwood and The Magician’s Nephew (CS Lewis) adapted by Aurand Harris. Alison is a proud member of MEAA.

“The Children is tantalisingly hard to define: it is about aging and responsibility. … It

is very English, somewhat menacing and often funny.” 

Time Out London

“ … a richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work … Kirkwood is the most

rewarding dramatist of her generation.”

The Independent (London)

The Greek Theatre Marrickville

Location: Hellenic Art Theatre (The Greek Theatre), 36/142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Ample parking is available at The Greek Hellenic Art Theatre. You’ll need to enter the driveway entrance at 142 Addison Road. Follow the long driveway into the free car park. It is just a very short stroll to the theatre entrance.  

The address for your device search is: Building 36/142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.

Whilst we do love a late night catch up and look forward to seeing you after the show we do have to let you know that the car park is locked at 10.15pm Sunday – Thursday and 11.45pm Friday & Saturday.