The Kids Are Alright explored the extraordinary grief of losing a child.
When a day trip to the Natural History Museum turns to tragedy, Karen and Keith return home alone. Behind their four walls they attempt to make sense of the unimaginable in ways as unpredictable as the incident itself. But how do you rebuild a family when a whole life has been sucked out of it? Dismantle a dog? Cruise the Algarve? Or fight to the death yourselves?
This film was the third act of The Kids Are Alright under lockdown restrictions. From open performances across council estates in London and Newcastle to adapting the show for both live and digital audiences, The Kids Are Alright was streamed to all in full HD on YouTube.
On what would have been our opening night in Deptford – the last day before the second national lockdown – we ran the show on the Evelyn Estate and filmed in one take. The result intimately captured how, for a single hour, characters and residents co-existed as the performance became part of the place.
Co-created by director & choreographer Jen Malarkey and writer Lee Mattinson.
Co-commissioned by Fuel and The Place. In partnership with The Albany, Lewisham Homes, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage, and Byker Community Trust. The project is funded by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
The Kids Are Alright were streamed via YouTube on the following dates:
27th November 2020, 9pm – with The Albany and Lewisham Homes
28th November 2020, 9pm – with Camden People’s Theatre
29th November 2020, 3pm – hosted by Fuel
30th November 2020, 8pm – with Northern Stage and Byker Community Trust
1st December 2020, 5pm & 8pm – with Northern Stage and Byker Community Trust
2nd December 2020, 5pm & 8pm – with Northern Stage and Byker Community Trust
"It’s ridiculous, absurd, infuriating and, at points, very, very sad. Which makes it an almost perfect portrayal of an attempt to navigate loss in the aftermath of an utterly unfathomable event. ★★★★ "