Where Melbourne - - Where Now / Live On Stage - “The Chil­dren”, un­til 10 March and “Abi­gail’s Party” from 17 March, South­bank Theatre, The Sum­ner, 140 South­bank Boule­vard, South­bank. 8688 0800.

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.

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