The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is staging several plays during March.
On until 10 March is award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s new play “The Children”. The play addresses big questions about the responsibility that each generation faces in leaving a better world for the next, balancing the stark realities of our times with intrigue and humour. In an idyllic cottage on the British coast, two retired nuclear scientists are enjoying the quiet life. Outside, the world is in chaos after a devastating Fukashima-like disaster. Then one day, an old friend arrives with a frightening proposition. The fallout will be cataclysmic. Stars of the production include Pamela Rabe, Sarah Peirse and William Zappa.
Opening on 17 March is “Abigail’s Party”, Mike Leigh’s classic satire on middle class aspirations. Desperate to impress, Beverly has invited her neighbours around for a decadent evening of cheese and pineapple sticks. But after a copious amount of alcohol, the party quickly descends into a night of social awkwardness, outrageous flirting and hilarious putdowns.
“The Children”. Photo: Justin Ridler.