The Criterion Theatre

Amateur Première Announced for our first production of 2019

17th August

We are delighted to be able to announce that the Criterion Theatre has secured the amateur performance rights of Lucy Kirkwood's award-winning play 'The Children'. This will be the opening production of our 2019 Season and looks set to be a world amateur première. 

The play will be directed by Brian Emeney and he will be holding an Open Reading on the evening of Monday 10th October in the bar starting at 7.30p.m. with Auditions to be held on the following Sunday starting at 7.30p.m. 

For more details contact Brian directly or the Artistic Director, Jane Railton, via the email address

About the Play:

Two ageing nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage on the coast, as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

Lucy Kirkwood's play The Children premiered at the Royal Court, London, with our patron Ron Cook playing the part of Robin. 

The Children was named Best Play at the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards.

Press Quotes

'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 genius of the play is to embed its pressingly topical preoccupations in a humane, tragicomic scenario that is never, despite the circumstances, portentous or clangingly apocalyptic in tone… The Children consolidates my view that Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation'