The president of Rwanda is releasing the killers. Years after the Tutsi genocide, the perpetrators begin to trickle back into the countryside to be reunited with their villages. A trio of friends, born during the genocide’s bloody aftermath, prepare to meet the men who gave them life. But as the homecoming day draws closer the young men are haunted by the sins of their fathers. Who can you become when violence is your inheritance?

Katori Hall’s new play Children of Killers was commissioned by the London’s National Theatre where it was included in their Connections program.   The Connections Festival is the culmination of the National’s year-long, nationwide celebration of new writing for young performers. The festival brings ten young companies from across the UK to the National’s stages to perform ten thrilling new plays, commissioned especially for Connections.

Eight productions of the play have been performed in London with one from the youth theatre at the Bristol’s City Academy students directed by Miranda Cromwell They have been invited to perform at the National on July 1, 2011.  Learn more about the Bristol City Academy  at

Children Of Killers was inspired by a trip to Rwanda in 2009 where Hall attended a genocide studies conference and spoke with victims and perpetrators of  genocide. The play is now being peformed all across the world. It was translated into Portuguese by Francisco Frazao as part of Portugal youth theatre program similar to UK’s Connections.  Over 30 productions of Children of Killers was performed. Three were chosen for the final festival Culturgest where youth programs from all across the nation descended upon Lisbon.

Children of Killers is slated to have its American premiere in May 2012 at Castillo Theatre in conjunction with YouthOnstage.

The script, included in the National Theatre’s Connections collection, is available for purchase online on




To find out more about Children Of Killers in London visit The National Theatre’s website


Group : Na Xina Lua da ES Tondela

Photos by : Carlos Teles



Written on June 10th, 2011 , Events
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