A dark auditorium with a seated audience at two levels. On the stage, a silhouette of a flat organised in two levels and a domestic scene taking place. The world is presented with a granulated texture; people and objects morph and shift.

Adult Children

A poetic VR piece that interrogates the fragility of relationships in a time of social distance.

During the 2020-2021 Covid lockdown, while the physical space was closed for essential works, Donmar Associate Sacha Wares’ new company Trial and Error Studio, together with writer Ella Hickson and ScanLAB Projects, created this poignant virtual reality play in a digital replica of the Donmar auditorium.

Charting the emotional journey of a year, Adult Children examines the complex fragility of relationships in a time of social distance, exploring the shifting needs between families and friends, young people and old, performers and audiences and between ourselves and the strangers we were asked to protect. The theatre environment, locations and over fifty performers and audience members were all being separately captured using groundbreaking 3D scanning techniques, creating a record of this unique moment in time when we could not be together in person.

Adult Children is a co-creation between Ella Hickson, Sacha Wares and ScanLAB Projects. Developed for the Donmar by Trial & Error, Ella Hickson and ScanLAB Projects.

Adult Children has been selected to be presented in the London Film Festival.

Where to watch

6 to 17 October, 11am to 9pm, in person at 26 Leake Street

6 to 17 October, virtually at The Expanse, available for free internationally (link to follow closer to the date)

Content Warning

Adult Children contains the following themes: Reference to a Covid-19 related death


The experience will be shown using virtual reality headsets. For visitors with vision impairment or low vision, the following will be available:

  • An audio introduction, available in advance one week prior your visit and at the time in the venue
  • The experience includes a fully spatialised sound design and has been conceived from the outset to be complete as an audio experience with or without the VR component.

The experience includes the use of on-ear headphones. For visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing, the following options are available:

  • BSL introductory information
  • Large over-ear headphones which can encompass a behind-ear hearing aid.
  • A volume control allowing independent reduction of the volume in the left or right ear
  • A 3.5mm mini-jack socket if you have a direct input cable for your hearing aid
  • A personal induction loop if you have a hearing aid with a T-setting
  • A captioned version

Visit the Adult Children website for more information.

Booking contact number 0207 928 3232 (lines open 11.30am-8.30pm daily) Booking contact email [email protected]



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