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An illustration of a sun during an eclipse, light emerging from the edges, mimicking the appearance of a large eye.

Theatre: Children of the Sun at the Abbey Theatre

4 - 10 May 2024

26/27 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1

Celebrating Rough Magic’s 40th anniversary, Hilary Fannin’s radical adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s classic 1905 dark comedy reworks the original text and draws it into 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.

Children of the Sun is the story of how a small family, their collection of friends and one eccentric stranger distract, entertain and enrage each other at a moment of crisis. Meanwhile, unseen beyond their fragile walls, their world is being reshaped by unstoppable forces.

We are all living through a period of huge change. This play offers reflections of ourselves in its characters and to consider if our collective belief in science, God or art, can help or hinder us. It is a play about how we survive without the benefit of hindsight, about how we try to stay afloat in a world saturated in uncertainty.

Developed in association with the Theatre Royal Waterford.

Accessible Performances

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

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 4 May, 2:00pm

Touch Tour: for further information, please contact phil.kingston@abbeytheatre.ie

For more information or booking details, visit the Abbey Theatre website.

Images courtesy of the Abbey Theatre.


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Children of the Sun
Rough Magic