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the children

Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by robin tynes-miller

Ten Performances:

March 11-13, 17-20, 24-26

Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Arts Factory at West End Studios

1545 W. Trade St

Charlotte, NC 28216

Tickets available now through BookTix

Advance Purchase Online: $25 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Night of Show at the Door: $30 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Students and Educators: $10 inclusive of all taxes and fees

Discounted pricing available for groups of 10 or more, contact us at to learn more

Health and Safety Requirements:

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for all audiences members. Masks will be required in the theatre at all times. Masks will be required in all other indoor areas unless eating or drinking. 

Read our full policy here.

This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+

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50 Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century

NOMINEE- 2018 Tony Awards Best Play

NOMINEE- 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding New Play

Hazel and Robin, both retired nuclear physicists, live a quiet life in a cottage by the sea. Outside, the world is plagued by earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nuclear meltdown. When an old colleague turns up after forty years with a shocking request, the three friends must reckon with their shared culpability in this darkly funny disaster drama.

This show contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+

What People Are Saying
The Independent (London)
“…a richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work…Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.."
New York Times
"...completely successful as an eco-thriller, bristling with chills and suspense...the play is as disturbing to replay in your imagination as it is to see in the first place...”
Time Out London

"THE CHILDREN is tantalisingly hard to define: it is about aging and responsibility…it rather penetratingly asks what [boomers] owe younger generations, exactly."

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Meet the Artists

Robin Tynes-Miller
Robin Tynes-Miller


Robin Tynes-Miller co-founded Three Bone Theatre in Charlotte in 2012. She has served as its Founding Artistic Director over the last nine years, recently stepping into the Artistic and Operations Director role. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, she attended Catawba College and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance before moving to Charlotte. In Charlotte, she has spent her career working with local theatre organizations as a teaching artist, and marketing and ticketing professional. She is also a local actor and director. Favorite directing credits include THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (2013), THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE (2016), and EVERY BRILLIANT THING (2018). An avid student of and advocate for racial justice, she believes that while the industry has a long way to go, anti-racism and anti-oppression work is the only way forward. She currently lives in Charlotte with her husband, their baby, and a plethora of pets.

Lucy Lirkwood
Lucy Lirkwood


Lucy Kirkwood is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. In 2009, Lucy’s play IT FELT EMPTY WHEN THE HEART WENT AT FIRST BUT IT IS ALRIGHT NOW was produced by Clean Break Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre. The play was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barratt. CHIMERICA premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Recent work includes MOSQUITOES (presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club), which opened at the National Theatre, London, in summer 2017; and THE CHILDREN, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. THE CHILDREN opened on Broadway in December 2017. Lucy also writes for screen: She has written for "Skins" (Company Pictures); created and wrote "The Smoke" (Kudos/Sky 1); wrote and directed the short film "The Briny"; and is developing projects with Raw TV, Cowboy Films, Clio Barnard, and Lenny Abrahamson. Her new six-part season "Adult Material" (Tiger Aspect Productions) and the mini-series of her play CHIMERICA (Playground Productions) have both recently been greenlit.

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The Guardian (UK)

The Guardian selected The Children as #3 on their list of best theatre shows of the 21st century

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Playwright Lucy Kirkwood gives us the scoop on The Children

A 2017 interview with Lucy Kirkwood about the Broadway premiere of The Children

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood gives us the scoop on The Children