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“Extraordinary and surreal”
The Stage

“It’s an exaggerated, absurdist space of juxtaposition and dream logic – funny and sad.” 

“It is an agony to watch, and I mean that as the biggest compliment.”
Lyn Gardner

‘The Kids Are Alright’ explores the extraordinary grief of losing a child. 

Performed at dusk, for residents of local housing estates and passers by, it’s a uniquely intimate performance which invites you to watch one broken couple explode from their home.

The residents of the estates and interested passers by wear headphones in order to hear the live dialogue and can watch the performance from varying distances of their choice. This might be from their balcony, outside their front door or in the outdoor community/civic space that the two performers are inhabiting.

The show has been designed/written to cement the story in the specific outdoor environment it plays making it feel hyper local and connected to the community.  

The Kids Are Alright is a uniquely intimate performance about the grief of unexpectedly losing a child. It invites you to watch one broken couple explode from their home. And they couldn’t care less who's watching.

Orginally co-commissioned by Fuel and The Place
Supported by The Albany, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage and Wandsworth Council. The project is funded by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Co-created by Jen Malarkey & Lee Mattinson
Associate Director, Temitope Ajose-Cutting
Performers, Carl Harrison & Janet Etuk
Film by Hugo Glendinning
Second Camera, Tilly Shiner
Sound, Gus Collins for House of Noise
Producer, Fuel

The running time for The Kids Are Alright is 55 minutes with no interval.

For adults and young people aged 14+.

The content and theme of the production may be upsetting for some audience members.

The dialogue in the show contains references to self-harm, swearing and violence toward animals.


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Alongside the programming of the show we offer a workshop for writers, choreographers, performance makers and students of performance in our approach of working with writing and dance. Linked here >>