The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Jonathan Reed
The Children

Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 May and Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 May at 7:30pm
Matinees on Saturdays 4 and 11 May at 3pm

to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Blackouts. Radiation. Nuclear disaster. Somebody’s got to clean up this mess. We could leave it to the children?

“These young people, these children, basically actually with their whole lives ahead and it’s not fair, it’s not right, it seems wrong. Doesn’t it? Because we built it, didn’t we?”
A small, isolated cottage by the sea. An eroding coastline. Blackouts, radiation, and a nuclear exclusion zone. Hazel, Robin and Rose, reunite after almost 40 years to decide what, if anything, can be done – and which generation’s responsibility it should be.

Hazel: Rosanna Preston
Rose: Trudi Dane
Robin : to be cast

Production Team
Director : Jonathan Reed
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : Peter Westbury
Lighting Design : Andy Peregrine
Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Assistant Director : Emma Cornford

Photography by Robert Piwko

Rosanna PrestonThe Children is one of Rosanna Preston’s all time favourite plays and she’s thrilled to be a part of this production. This is her ninth role at the Tower Theatre and she has also directed and narrated Tower productions. Elsewhere Rosanna has performed and directed at Theatro Technis, White Bear, Baron’s Court, The Pleasance, Watford Fringe Festival and others. Recently she was an undercover actor for Kit Green’s 1133. Rosanna’s films include the Jamie T music video Between the Rocks and the TV series Psyched (in production).
Trudi DaneUntil recently Trudi Dane was a part-time Admin Administrator at a North London school but now School’s Out (permanently) she’s enjoying her freedom! Trudi has appeared in numerous roles at the Tower, Garden Suburb and Incognito Theatres. These include Mules, playing Bridie, Pam in Just Between Ourselves, Cathy and Katherine in Regina Monologues, Renee in The Odd Couple – Female Version, and Truvy in Steel Magnolias where she had to simultaneously manicure and hairstyle while acting! She has recently played Lady Chomondley in Murder With Ghosts, one of the witches in Macbeth and Daria Chase in The Game’s Afoot. The latter also performed at the Isle of Man Easter Festival in 2023. Trudi is thrilled to be back at the Tower Theatre again, working with a great cast and team.
Jonathan ReedThis is Jonathan Reed‘s fourth production at the Tower. He was assistant director for Writer’s Room in 2022 and for Old Bridge in 2023. He then directed Seagulls last autumn. Jon is an avid fan of improvisation, both performing it and using it in the rehearsal process. Jon directs and performs in ‘Live Wired Comedy Improvisation’ and has performed improvisation across London since 2015, and has learnt from some incredible improvisers from London and Chicago along the way.
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