Nuclear Children

Theatre (dark comedy, new writing)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic
  • 14:05
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Platform Presents
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language and references to suicide, reckless behaviour, scenes depicting visual hallucinations and disassociation and use of haze.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Winner of the 2021 Platform Presents Playwright's Prize. Nuclear Children, written by Ezra England, directed by Seán Linnen, is a dark comedy about mental health, a submarine accident and a melon. Following the death of her father Isla is struggling to cope; plagued with intrusive thoughts and her deteriorating mental health, she runs away to university in the hope of staying sane. As Isla finally begins to find her feet, her world, quite literally, stops making sense. Jenna Coleman says of the play, 'A stunningly gifted writer who chimed straight into my heart with such a startling debut'.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 16 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: No direct audience participation but audience have permission to engage with the performer. There may be a small, bottle-sized haze machine. House lights at a low level throughout.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Distinctive smells
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Sam Lawes 39 days ago

I really enjoyed this show, Ezra was so engaging throughout. She managed to portray mental health issues in a really unique way and her storytelling skills conjured up incredible imagery, I felt like I was watching multiple actors at times. Fantastic.

Julie Phillips 45 days ago

Wow great show give it a go

Amanda McGee 53 days ago

Absolutely absorbing, this actor will be famous soon

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

By far the funniest play I’ve seen about grief, ‘Nuclear Children’ is flawless.

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

Much more than a sub...standard piece.

Read the full review (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

This is an imaginatively scripted and well produced look at love, loss, humanity and the near impossible task of living a normal life while mourning.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 51 days ago

An unmissable show, one which I left with tears in my eyes

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