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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, previews on February 28th and plays for a strictly limited run on the Gate stage.


The Children won Best Play at the 2018 Writers’ Guild Awards (UK) and was nominated for Best Play at the Tony Awards 2018.

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

Tickets: from €15

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


★ ★ ★ ★

‘Grips compulsively.’

The Guardian


★ ★ ★ ★

‘A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work … Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.’

The Independent


‘Sly, gripping, darkly funny… this is sci-fi kitted out with real people, real dilemmas, real scope. It’s really good’

 The Times


‘A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work, provoking questions that will continue to nag and expand in your mind’

The Independent



‘A witty, slippery play of debate as well as an engaging character study… Kirkwood’s play presses a whole raft of buttons, and does so with skill and precision’

 The Stage

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