“Another casualty of the second lockdown—it was supposed to be live in Deptford, Camden and Newcastle this month—Encounter’s show, which explores the grief of losing a child, has pivoted to digital and is available from November 27 on YouTube with bookings via the Fuel website. I have heard nothing but praise for a show that focusses on a family trying to remake and rebuild in the wake of a day trip to the Natural History Museum which turns to tragedy. This film version, shot in a single take, was filmed the night before lockdown began on the Evelyn Estate in Deptford. It should be really special.”
When a day trip to the Natural History Museum turns to tragedy, Karen and Keith return home alone. Behind their four walls they attempt to make sense of the unimaginable in ways as unpredictable as the incident itself. But how do you rebuild a family when a whole life has been sucked out of it? Dismantle a dog? Cruise the Algarve? Or fight to the death yourselves?
This film is the third act of The Kids Are Alright under lockdown restrictions. From open performances across council estates in London and Newcastle to adapting the show for both live and digital audiences, The Kids Are Alright will now be streamed to all in full HD on Youtube.
On what would have been our opening night in Deptford – the last day before second national lockdown – we ran the show on the Evelyn Estate and filmed our one take. The result intimately captures how, for a single hour, characters and residents co-existed as the performance became part of the place.
Watch as one broken couple explode out of their home. And they couldn’t care less who’s watching.
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