Fuel presents Encounter's The Kids Are Alright - an exploration of the extraordinary grief of losing a child

Co-commissioned by Fuel and The Place. In partnership with The Albany, Lewisham Homes, Camden People's Theatre, Northern Stage and Byker Community Trust

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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?

The Kids Are Alright will be performed for residents of local housing estates at the same time as being streamed digitally.

Filmed with mobile phones and broadcast directly through Facebook this is a uniquely intimate performance, which invites you to watch one broken couple explode from their home. And they couldn’t care less who's watching.

Co-created by director/choreographer Jen Malarkey and writer Lee Mattinson

About the performance

The Kids Are Alright will be performed for residents of Byker at the same time as being streamed digitally.  

The residents wear headphones, through which they hear the live dialogue of the performers. This means they can view the performance, from varying distances at their choice and safety. This might be from inside their own home looking out of the window or just outside their front door. 

The performance has been written to centre the story, characters and visual world in the housing estates where the audience lives. This will create an intimate, accessible and importantly, safe live performance experience.  

The performances will be presented at dusk, accompanied in some cases by hot food for the outdoor, residential audience. 

At a time when we are all experiencing loss and grief in multiple and varying ways, this project aims to provide a space to explore those feelings safely and with lightness and humor through the context of an alternative narrative and entirely imagined story. 

The performance is free. 

One performance from each location will be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about this live stream right here.

How to watch

Byker Residents - the main performances of The Kids Are Alright will take place in select areas of the Byker estates. Our team will visit those areas on the days of these free performances to tell you more about the show and provide you with headphones should you wish to watch The Kids Are Alright

Please be advised that, due to current COVID-19 restrictions in the North East, this performance is specifically for residents of Byker and you should not come to them if you live outside these specific areas.

Live stream - alongside the live performance, a series of mobile phone cameras will record the action. This will be live-streamed to Facebook and available to watch for free at 5pm on Tuesday 10th November. Find out more here.

Behind the scenes

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Press quotes   

“A brutal, absurd and powerful piece about the unimaginable British Theatre Guide 

“It’s ridiculous, absurd, infuriating and, at points, very, very sad. Which makes it an almost perfect portrayal of an attempt to navigate loss in the aftermath of an utterly unfathomable event. ★★★★ The Stage 

From the audience 

The movement was gorgeous, the writing was inspirational, your imaginations are outrageous. (@NaomiStafford1Apr 11, 2019, on Twitter)  

Savagely funny, savagely heartbreaking. Clever and weird and wonderful. (@stan_hodgsonApr 10, 2019, on Twitter) 

Gnarly, harsh, beautiful (@Han_CoxyApr 9, 2019, on Twitter)