Our Autumn Season of classic plays, performed by students on our BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship programmes, gets underway with Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky in a new version by Andrew Upton.

Director Dan Bird
Designer Amy Yardley
Lighting Designer Verity Rose
Sound Designer Jimmy O’Shea

Written during the violence and chaos of 1905, the year of Russia’s crushed revolution, Children of the Sun portrays a middle class stumbling through public and private turmoil.  As political unrest builds in local towns and fields, Protasov obsessively pursues his scientific experiments, oblivious to everything around him: his best friend is trying to seduce his wife, a fevered widow is trying to seduce him, and a cholera outbreak is driving the local peasantry to riot.  Andrew Upton’s vibrant modern adaptation premiered to great acclaim at the National Theatre, London in 2013.

Tuesday 31 October – 7 pm
Wednesday 1 November – 7 pm
Thursday 2 November – 2.30pm & 7pm

Ticket prices: 
Standard – £7
Concessions (Over 65s, Students) – £5
Rose Bruford College Students – £1.50

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including a 20-minute interval).


Protosov Sam Ivor
Roman Joel Nash
Yegor/Doctor Chomba S Taulo
Boris Stefano Campodifiori
Nazar Nathaniel McCloskey
Misha James Hastings
Vageen Luke Ellis
Yakov Aaron Ripley
Yelena Danay Bouzala
Liza Kristin Overøye
Nanny  Tahlia Norrish
Melaniya Melissa Knighton
Avdotya/Loosha Abigail Middleton
Feema  Niamh Lynch

Production Team

Production Manager Matt Mortimer
Technical Manager Stephen Carter
Stage Manager Flynn White
Deputy Stage Manager Ben Hieatt
Assistant Stage Manager Samuel Arencibia
Assistant Stage Manager Thomas Webb
Head of Lighting Rhodri Morris
Head of Sound George Hartop
Production SND Ieuan Newman
Head of Scenic Meggie Settle
Head of Scenic Karianne Harrendran
Scenic Assistant Seb Basterrechea
Production Electrician Jonáš Garaj
Lighting Operator/Programmer Ashley Holdom
Sound Operator Fintan Davies
Costume Supervisor Lucy Smith
Costume Assistant Hannah Liggins
Costume Assistant Lauren Digby

Visit our Autumn Season page to book tickets for our other productions. 

Children of the Sun is running at approximately 2hr 30mins, including a 20min interval.