LUNG presents

The Children's Inquiry

- A NEW MUSICAL -
Music by Owen Crouch and Clementine Douglas, Book and lyrics by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead (with Angelica, Amber, Frank & Jelicia)
8 JUL - 3 AUG 2024

Ticket Prices:
Standard tickets from £23 / £16 Concessions & Preview tickets / Pioneers' Preview (5 Jul) £10

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OFFICIAL TRAILER

Videography: Alex Powell

“Children aren’t silent. Children are fearless

Social workers tell Jelicia that she is their success story. Frank is on his eighth foster home. At school no one knows Amber and Angelica are in care. To own their present, these teenagers must first unearth their past. How else can they make a better future now?

At their youth club, worlds are about to collide. Heart thumping beats and anarchic choreography intertwine to tell the hidden stories of children in care.

This isn’t just a musical. It is a call to arms about the value of childhood and how love can be found in the most unexpected places.

A revolutionary true story crafted from the voices of the children themselves by multi-award-winning LUNG.

“It’s a feat of a show, delivered with courage and devotion, kindling rage as well as offering soaring hope” ★★★★★ The Stage

An exhilarating piece of political theatre: engaged, sophisticated, insistent” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Zippy soundtrack that embraces everything from beatboxy electro to doo-wop” ★★★★ The Standard

An urgent and sophisticated call to arms. And it’s one none of us should ignore” ★★★★★ What’s On Stage

Co-Commissioned by The Lowry.
Originally developed with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Havering Council.
Developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.


Free Post-Show Events

Join LUNG for a free post show Q&A event directly after performances on Tuesday 16, 23 and 30 July.

Panel members include experts discussing discuss the governments review of the care system and what next? The creative team to offer a unique insight into the process of making The Children’s Inquiry. And a panel of care experienced young people to discuss the care system and their hopes and dreams for the future.

16th July: The Government’s Response to the Care Review & What Next

23rd July: Me & My Care Experience: Realities, Allyship, & Hopes

30th July: Using the Arts to Tell the Story of the Care System

Free entry with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Details

Theatre: Main Space

Mon – Sat: 7pm

Thu & Sat: 1.30pm

Running Time: 145 mins including interval (TBC)

No re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains moderate swearing and references to infanticide, addiction, self harm and other themes audiences may find distressing. Recommended for ages 13+

16, 23, 30 July

Join LUNG for a free post show Q&A event directly after performances on Tuesday 16, 23 and 30 July.

Panel members include experts discussing discuss the governments review of the care system and what next? The creative team to offer a unique insight into the process of making The Children’s Inquiry. And a panel of care experienced young people to discuss the care system and their hopes and dreams for the future.

16th July: The Government’s Response to the Care Review & What Next

23rd July: Me & My Care Experience: Realities, Allyship, & Hopes

30th July: Using the Arts to Tell the Story of the Care System

Free entry with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Photography

PRODUCTION SHOTS

The Company

Hari Aggarwal
cast
Dara Ajagbe
cast
Josh Cain
cast
Logan Clark
cast
Antonia Tom-Dollar
cast
Jude Farrant
cast
Jersey Blu Georgia
cast
Kenya Grace
cast
Fayth Ifil
cast
Vincio Korch
cast
Fearn I’Anson
cast
Lineo Nomonde
cast
Chizaram Ochuba-Okafor
cast
Anna De Oliveira
cast
Kai Parillon
cast
Eva Phillips
cast
Mia Raggio
cast
Archie Smith
cast
Grace Thomas
cast
Noah Walton
cast

Anastasia Booth
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
Rachael Brimley
FUNDRAISER FOR LUNG
Hayden Camidge
TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER
Phoebe Shu-Ching Chan
COSTUME SUPERVISOR
Matt Coulson
SOUND ENGINEER
Crin Claxton
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Owen Crouch
COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER
Rachel Davies
DEPUTY HEAD CHAPERONE
Allyson Devenish
ARRANGEr
Clementine Douglas
COMPOSER
Ruth Hannant
WELLBEING CO-ORDINATOR
Philippa Hogg
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & ALTERNATE CONDUCTOR
Sarah Kadri
COMMUNITIES & CAMPAIGNS PRODUCER
Preece Killick
REHEARSAL COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
Emily and LJ Keston
Children’s Casting directors & children’s general management
Mitch Kolebuk
HEAD CHAPERONE
Camille Koosyial
PRODUCER
Kate Marlais
MUSICAL SUPERVISOR / CONDUCTOR & ADDITIONAL MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS
Helen Monks
WRITER
Will Monks
LIGHTING & PROJECTION DESIGNER
PR
MOBIUS
Alex Powell
PHOTOGRAPHY / GRAPHIC DESIGN/VIDEOGRAPHY
Rachel Rieley
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Alexzandra Sarmiento
CHOREOGRAPHER
Lauren Stroud
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER
Lulu Tam
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
Lisa Warwick
ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Matt Woodhead
writer/director

Book Tickets

The Children's Inquiry

at Venue: Elephant SE11

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact boxoffice@southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Elephant
1 Dante Place
London SE11 4RX

Closest Tube Station:
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Monday 5.30pm to 11pm
Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.

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