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The Trials at The Criterion

The young cast of The Trials. Photo courtesy of The Criterion Theatre.

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



The Criterion Theatre are delighted to be starting their run of 2024 productions with The Trials by Dawn King. The play features 12 youths and two adults and is directed by Alan Fenn. Be sure to book your seats soon!

The Trials is set in 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.

Photo courtesy of The Criterion Theatre.

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.

The younger generation sit in judgement. Photo courtesy of The Criterion Theatre.

On the social scene, the Criterion have lots going on including a New Members Evening on Friday 19 January from 8pm - 9pm. Anyone interested in joining the Criterion's friendly team are very welcome to go along.

Also, on Saturday 3 February from 10.30am - 12.30pm there's the Criterion Coffee Morning to enjoy.

For details and tickets, please go to:


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