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The Critical Collective - It’s a Wise Child

Annie is worried about her youngest, Rosa. Convinced she’s heading the same way as her dearest son Robbie - the ex-child prodigy who walked out to sea three years ago - she enlists the help of her eldest daughter, the highly intelligent, yet self-centred Rita. Realising her little sister’s issues may be genuine rather than melodrama after being asked the impossible, wannabe actress Rita begrudgingly takes a more unorthodox approach to avoid Rosa’s imminent emotional breakdown.

Performed entirely around a bath by a cast of two, ‘It’s a Wise Child’ is a humorous and insightful piece of new theatre exploring themes of family, suicide, and the struggle that often comes with the pursuit of art.

The Critical Collective is a theatre company developing new writing and performance, in partnership with musicians, artists, photographers and other creatives working within Leicester and further afield. Recent performances include a rehearsed reading for Samuel Newton’s ‘The Cole Porter Cookbook’, and an extract of Jack Squires’ in-development ‘It’s a Wise Child’ at Check-In Festival.

80 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 16+
Contains sensitive content including suicide

Presented as part of UK Young Artists City Takeover