Wednesday 10 August I 7.30pm
Pay What You Want
The Chelsea Theatre, London, SW10 0DR
Part of the 18 Shows Programme Presented by The Chelsea Theatre.
Lucid tells the story of four eleven-year-olds on a trip to the Isle of Wight in 2010. We see the children not only in the caves, forests and discos of a school residential, but also in their dreams: as Lucid’s title suggests, the play’s characters try to manage their insecurities and anxieties in their sleep.
Inspired by writer Laura Henderson Child’s experiences working in a primary school during the pandemic, Lucid’s brilliantly-observed dialogue enjoys the space between the adult performers and the self-conscious sensibility of the eleven-year-old characters they play. She noticed that this was a device often used in American theatre and TV (Dance Nation, Pen-15), but very rarely in Britain.
Lucid was selected for 2022’s National Student Drama Festival and is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe for the second half of the festival.
Noises Off newspaper described the play as creating a “fluid, rich [and] surprising world”.
Suitability: Contains one loud noise, flashing bright lights and a discussion about being sick. Suitable for an audience aged 12+
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Show start: 7.30pm
This is a main Festival event run in collaboration with The Chelsea Theatre. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Want for each of the 18 shows hosted by The Chelsea Theatre for Kensington and Chelsea Festival.