A compassionate and probing exploration of youth and aging, nostalgia and regret, and the dangers of refusing to get old.
All children grow up, but what if they could grow back down again? A new medical process is being attempted, and it's got an extraordinary aim: attempting to 'de-age' its volunteers back into young children.
The scientists don't know if it'll work. The doctors aren't sure if it should. And the friends and families of those undergoing the risky procedure can't understand why anybody would willingly do this in the first place… Why would you want to be small again?
Holly Robinson's play small was first performed at Soho Theatre, London, in a production by Oxford School of Drama.
Content guidance: This play contains strong language and sexually explicit language, as well as exploration of adult themes including death, suicide, depression and neglect.
A free downloadable extract of the play is available from this page.
The Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series features large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people. For more information, visit www.multiplaydrama.co.uk.
2 Nov 2023
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