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25th November – 2nd December 2023
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Adam Nichols

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

Lucy Kirkwood’s wildly ambitious play is a brilliantly funny and occasionally brutal exploration of the workings of the universe and our place within it and what it means to be a sister, a mother and a daughter.

With its strong debate about the merits of vaccination and the limitations of science, this production – the play’s first UK revival since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2017 – offers a particular resonance in the context of the global pandemic and the ongoing climate change debate.

Since her debut in 2008, Lucy Kirkwood has firmly established herself as a leading playwright of her generation, the writer of a series of savagely funny, highly intelligent and beautifully observed plays that tackle the pressing issues of our times including Chimerica, The Children and The Welkin.

28th November – 2nd December 2023

Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP

Running time 2 hours 45 minutes including an interval of 15 minutes.

Tickets – £20 / £15 / £10

Contains adult language and themes, smoking, use of smoke effects and flashing lights and images.

"An accomplished revival. The chemistry between Faith Turner and Emma Wright as Jenny and Alice is electric. Director Adam Nichols balances each of the competing themes in Kirkwood’s play, never losing sight of the play’s most gripping thread: the push-and-pull relationship between the two sisters."

The Stage

"Under the ever-inspiring direction of Adam Nichols, Simon Nicholas’s dynamic set is a multimedia extravaganza which takes on a life of its own. Faith Turner and Emma Wright portray the two heroines with strength and sensitivity. Annette Holland as their mother truly commands the art of tragi-comedy. A superb production."

Herts Advertiser

"This production is given a kinetic energy by director Adam Nichols and movement directors Stephanie Allison and Amy Connery, aided by Simon Nicholas’s projections. The buzz you get from this play is the kind that keeps your mind racing, long after. One of those moments of theatre that it becomes a privilege to witness."

British Theatre Guide

Cast and Creative

Steph Allison

Movement Director

Harry Boyd

The Boson

Amy Connery

Movement Director

Lyle Fulton


Annette Holland


Simon Nicholas


Will Pattle


Faith Turner


Eloise Westwood


Emma Wright


Alis Wyn Davies


Adam Nichols


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