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"We're thinking about the future of the planet"

VIDEO: Audrey Journal invited leading scientists to see STC's The Children and to tell us their thoughts on the play’s terrifying premise.

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“We should be afraid of the possibility that things can go wrong”

Date: 2 May 2018

Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children is a play about science, about scientists, and what can happen when unpredictable forces of nature intervene.

Audrey Journal invited some of Sydney’s leading scientists to view this critically acclaimed production (now playing at the Sydney Opera House) and tell us what they think about the play’s terrifying premise, the science underpinning the story, and its portrayal of their community.

And we couldn’t resist it: what did they think of the dance scene?

Click the play button in the portraits above (or click here) to see a short video essay featuring Professor Zdenka Kuncic (Professor of Physics, University of Sydney), Professor Manfred Lenzen (Nuclear Physics and Sustainability Research, University of Sydney), Geraint Lewis (Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sydney) and particle physicist Professor Kevin Varvell (University of Sydney).

Thanks to Sydney Theatre Company, composer Steve Francis for elements of his score for the production, and to Steven Siewert for his camerawork, editing and portraiture.

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