From 28th February 2019


Three retired nuclear scientists. A crumbling cottage by the sea. The fallout from life, love and nuclear power stations.

As the world grapples with the aftermath of a catastrophe at a nuclear power station, two retired nuclear engineers are enjoying a quiet life in their remote cottage by the sea. The arrival of an old friend, however, forces them to face the crumbling world outside and interrogate their responsibility towards future generations. Lucy Kirkwood’s provocative and darkly funny play, The Children, explores ageing, personal responsibility, and the effects of climate change.

Winner of Best Play at the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards (UK) and nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards 2018, The Children is part of the Gate’s Spring Season of international new work, centred on the theme of Love and Courage. It is presented SIDE by SIDE with Beginning by David Eldridge.

There will be Sign Language Interpreted Performance of The Children on Thursday 21 March 2019. Contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie for more information.

Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan

  • Director    
    Oonagh Murphy
  • Set & Costume Designer    
    Sarah Bacon
  • Lighting Designer 
    Sinéad McKenna
  • Sound Designer
    Kevin Gleeson
  • Assistant Set Designer
    Stefania Pantavos

Dates & Tickets

We ask that patrons with mobility issues please book directly through our Box Office on 01 874 4045.

Previews: from Thursday 28 February 2019
Opening Night: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Matinees: Sat – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Age Guidance: 14+

Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday March 21 2019


Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood is a playwright and screenwriter.

In 2009, her play it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now was produced by Clean Break at the Arcola Theatre. Nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer, it made Lucy joint winner of the John Whiting Award. Chimerica premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle and Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

Recent work includes Mosquitoes at the National Theatre, London, in 2017, and The Children, which premiered at the Royal Court in 2016. The Children opened on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2017.


Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.’ – The Independent



‘Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan dazzle in Lucy Kirkwood’s play’

Irish Times



‘Absorbing, sympathetic performances.’

The Guardian


‘Contemporary theatre at its superb best.’

Irish Independent



‘Beautifully performed and exquisitely directed.’

The Arts Review

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