One of the big break out TV shows this year was Netflix’s Heartstopper, the heartwarming show about two gay schoolmates who fall in love. While another series of the show is confirmed to be on the way, you can in the meantime catch two of its stars in a new London theatre show. The Trials is a new play that’s set to debut at the Donmar Warehouse in August for a limited two week run, and features Heartstopper’s Joe Locke and William Gao.

The Trials is written by Dawn King, whose previous theatre work includes the plays Foxfinder and Ciphers, and it’s directed by Natalie Abrahami. The central theme of the play is the growing climate crisis, and takes place in a dystopian near future. A radical green government is in charge of the country, and is desperately trying to tackle a serious shortage of resources. The plot of the show is a jury of 12 young people living in this future putting the previous generations on trial for not stopping the advance of climate change and environmental damage sooner.

Joe Locke, who plays main character Charlie Spring in Heartstopper, stars in the play as Noah, one of the “jurors”, while William Gao, who plays Charlie’s best friend Tao Xu in the Netflix series, stars as Xander. Other familiar faces in the play include Nigel Lindsay, known for his roles as Barry in Four Lions and the original actor of the title role in the West End version of Shrek The Musical, and Sharon Small, known for her role in The Bay.

The show seeks to explore how different generations are dealing with the threat of climate change, and encapsulate the frustrations and concerns that the current younger generations have with the slow action on the issue. As the play’s synopsis ponders, “The near future. The climate crisis is unfolding and our generation is being judged. The jurors? Children. But are they delivering justice, or serving revenge?”

The show seeks to explore how different generations are dealing with the threat of climate change...

Tickets for the upcoming show have already gone on sale, and you can still grab yourself some on the Donmar website. This initial run will last from 12th-27th August, and there will be captioned, audio described and BSL performances. The Trials debuted last year in Germany at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; this new production will be the first run in the UK.


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