The Trials


ISBN: 9781839040962
Author: By Dawn King
Publication Date: 18/08/2022
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 80pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3204 Category: Tags: ,

‘Everyone lived like we did! Well maybe not everyone, everyone. But… I wasn’t any worse than anyone else.’

The near future. The climate emergency is gathering pace, and our generation is being judged.

The jurors are children. But are they delivering justice – or just taking revenge?

Dawn King’s searing play The Trials was first performed at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in January 2022, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. It received its British premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in August 2022, directed by Natalie Abrahami.

The Trials offers an exciting opportunity for theatre companies to address the climate emergency and intergenerational conflict, as the jury of 12 to 17-year-olds hold the stage alongside three adult defendants.

‘A gripping climate dystopia… compelling and fascinating… a parable about the near future that’s also an unsettling window into the vertiginous chaos of revolution’
Time Out

‘Chillingly compelling… convincing and urgent… a really distinct sense of fury that gives this drama its emotional fuel… haunting and thought-provoking — this is the best play about our climate emergency’
The Arts Desk

‘Bold, uncomfortable, urgent viewing… King cleverly nails not just the dystopian vision, but the evasions and lack of commitment to green living that have caused it’

‘Exhilarating and engrossing’
Reviews Hub

‘Compelling… combines the spirit of Margaret Atwood’s speculative fictions with shades of Lord of the Flies… it holds us in its grip… a play that demands self-reflection and soul-searching beyond the auditorium’

‘Gripping… A timely and troubling speculative drama [that] imagines the grim repercussions of our current climate emergency’
The Stage

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