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The Trials

The Trials by Dawn King, at The Criterion Theatre, Earlsdon, Coventry, from 10 – 13 January 2024.



The near future. The climate emergency is gathering pace, and our generation is being judged. The jurors are children. But are they delivering justice – or just taking revenge?


The Trials offers a searing vision of the climate emergency and intergenerational conflict, as a jury of 12 to 17-year-olds holds the stage.

Dawn King’s play was first performed in January 2022.


Here’s what the reviewers said:


‘The centre of Dawn King’s new play is a debate about the climate crisis… yet it goes beyond this to look at intergenerational acrimony and at what counts as justice.’ Suzannah Clapp. The Guardian.

‘Teenagers are given power of life or death in Dawn King’s gripping climate dysopia… gripping, both as an urgent imagining of how our generation will be viewed by our kids, but also a smart imagining of revolution generally.’ Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out.


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  • Also. not to be missed is The Criterion Christmas Carols in the Auditorium and Bar on Friday 22 December from 8pm – 11pm.




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