A Rough Magic and Abbey Theatre co-production

Children of the Sun

13 April - 11 May 2024

By Hilary Fannin after Gorky

Directed by Lynne Parker

Booking Information

Dates: 13 April 2024 – 11 May 2024
On the Abbey stage 

Times: Mon – Sat 7:30pm, Sat matinees 2pm

Midweek matinee: Wed 8 May 2pm

Tickets:  €15 – €45

Gregory Project Season offer: Receive a 15% discount when buying tickets for this play at the same time as Na Peirsigh / Persians and Audrey or Sorrows before 23 December

Captioned & Audio described performance: for information please contact grace.mckiernan@abbeytheatre.ie

Sign language interpreted performance: Friday 10 May, 7:30pm

Celebrating Rough Magic's 40th anniversary, Hilary Fannin’s version of Maxim Gorky’s classic dark comedy will travel from the original text and its setting to the here and now.

In April, Hilary Fannin’s radical adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun will premiere on the Abbey Theatre stage. Augusta Gregory and Maxim Gorky wrote at a time of profound political change from different corners of Europe. Our mutual history is rooted in those events and their aftermath, in the troubled century that brings us to the present. 

At its core, Children of the Sun is the story of how a small family, their odd rattlebag of friends and one quixotic stranger distract, entertain and enrage each other at a point of crisis, while beyond their fragile walls, their world is being reshaped by inexorable forces.  

We are all of us living – trying to live – in the face of overwhelming, cataclysmic change. Can collective thinking and / or belief systems: art, god, science, protect us, fuel us, contain us?  Do we find a reflection of ourselves in these people? 

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