Written in 1905 by the renowned and prolific Russian writer Maxim Gorky, this adaptation of 'Children of the Sun' is by Andrew Upton who has previously adapted another of Gorky's plays, 'The Philistines' which was staged at the National Theatre back in 2007.
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Children of the Sun
Darkly comic play set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution. It depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation. Protasov wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s oblivious to the advances of the half-crazed widow and his best friend’s pursuit of his wife, let alone the cholera epidemic and the starving mob. His admiring circle, variously sceptical and lovesick, spar over culture and the cosmos. Only Liza feels the peasants’ suffering and senses their own privileged world is in jeopardy.