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?
The Trials offers a searing vision of the climate emergency and intergenerational conflict, as a jury of 12 to 17-year-olds hold the stage.
Dawn King's play was first performed in January 2022.
Reviews of the Play
"The centre of Dawn King’s new play is a debate about the climate crisis... yet it goes beyond this to look at intergenerational acrimony and at what counts as justice. As important, [the] production aims to open up the idea of who appears on stage and, so, of who owns the default gaze in a theatre" Suzannah Clapp, The Guardian
"Teenagers are given power of life or death in Dawn King’s gripping climate dystopia...gripping, both as an urgent imagining of how our generation will be viewed by our kids, but also a smart imagining of revolution generally" Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
This play involves a cast of 12 young people who have been recruited from our senior drama class.
We also need three filmed performances from 3 adult defendants:
2 female-presenting actors and 1 male-presenting actor. Playing ages of 50 - 60 years.
If you are interested, please submit a short self-tape monologue (no more than 5 minutes) by Saturday 11th November. This monologue will then be shown to the cast to see how they react, as this will form the basis of their action throughout the play.