the regional premiere of

The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood

Showing 6 June – 1 November

The Performers

Patrick Driver

Patrick Driver


Theatre includes: In Basildon (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Hyem (Theatre503 and Northern Stage); Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Educating Rita (Gala Theatre, Durham); The Herbal Bed (English Touring Theatre); Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The Heresy of Love, Julius Caesar, Dr. Scroggy’s War, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Faith Healer (Lyceum, Edinburgh); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (West End); For Once (Hampstead Theatre, Traverse, UK tour); Bus Stop (New Vic and Scarborough Stephen Joseph); Treasure Island (Watermill); Faith Healer, Othello, Drowning on Dry Land (Salisbury Playhouse); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, London Assurance, Volpone (Royal Exchange Manchester); Hunger, Imperfect Librarian, Theatre Dream, Half Machine, Icarus Falling and Poseidon (Primitive Science).

As joint Artistic Director of Dialogue Productions, he has appeared in Scorched (Old Vic Tunnels); Wedding Day at The Cro-Magnons (Soho Theatre); The Furies/Helter Skelter (Bush Theatre, UK tour); Top Dogs (Southwark Playhouse and UK tour); Heroes Like Us (Edinburgh Festival); The MC of a Striptease Act Doesn’t Give Up (Edinburgh Festival, UK, US and European tours).

Television includes: Informer, Call the Midwife, Guerilla, Silent Witness, EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner, Whistleblowers, Peepshow, Holby City, Doctors, The Bill, The Office, The Last Chancers, Worst Week of My Life, Grass, People Like Us and My Hero.

Rachel Laurence

Rachel Laurence


Rachel trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

She is delighted to be back at TBTL, having visited, as half of Hunt & Laurence, with her own productions - The Ladies of Cranford, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, Mapp & Lucia Ahoy! and her solo show, The Key to the Garden, as well as Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

Rachel’s recent theatre work includes Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, and She Stoops to Conquer, Hay Fever and Moon Tiger, all for Theatre Royal, Bath. Other stage work includes: Feed, Aladdin, No More Sitting on the Old School Bench, Pinocchio and Billy Liar for Oldham Coliseum, and Just Enough Rope, Play it Again Sam and Aladdin for the Library Theatre in Manchester.

On television, Rachel has appeared in GBH, A Very British Coup, Heartbeat, Cold Feet, Grange Hill, Medics, The Ward, In Suspicious Circumstances, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Tales of the Unexpected, Strike, Second Chance, Emmerdale, Brookside, Merseybeat, Doctors, Josie Smith, How We Used to Live, Killer Contract, Love & Reason, Angels, Sharon & Elsie and Nanny.

Films include: A Day in Summer, Gunpowder, Business as Usual, Blood & Peaches and the US miniseries John & Yoko, as Cynthia Lennon.

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien


Maggie is delighted to be returning to Theatre by the Lake.

Her theatre credits include: Fish Eye (Theatre Alibi); Lady Anna: All at Sea (Production Exchange); She is Not Herself and 12 (Kali Theatre); The Dogs of War (Old Red Lion); The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree Theatre); An Inspector Calls, See How They Run, She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre by the Lake); You Can’t Take it With You (Manchester Royal Exchange/Told By an Idiot); Kalashnikov: In the Woods by the Lake (Pursued by a Bear); Faith Healer (Salisbury Playhouse); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Octagon, Bolton, MEN nomination Best Actress); Frozen (London Classic Theatre); He’s Much to Blame (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); The Flying Machine (Unicorn Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre/Theatre de Complicite); A Busy Day (King’s Head/ Show of Strength); Cider with Rosie, Be My Baby (New Vic); Smashed Eggs (Northampton Theatre Royal); Mary Stuart (Bristol Old Vic studio and tour); The Kitchen (Royal Court); Dancing at Lughnasa (Westcliff Palace).