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Adult Children

Co-created by Ella Hickson, Sacha Wares and ScanLAB Projects

‘technically astonishing and emotionally accurate’ WhatsOnStage

A poignant, virtual reality play, created during lockdown in which the Donmar Warehouse auditorium, and over fifty performers and audience members were all separately captured using 3D scanning techniques.

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.

Adult Children was developed for the Donmar Warehouse by Trial and Error Studio, Ella Hickson and ScanLAB Projects from [Layer], an original podcast commission by ETT and Storyglass for their series That Podcast.

Adult Children is previewing in the London Film Festival Expanded strand of the BFI London Film Festival 2021.

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

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

To listen to an audio described introduction to Adult Children including information about the venue please go to the Vocal Eyes Adult Children page.

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.

If you have any suggestions about these options or any suggestions about how we can improve the accessibility of Adult Children please email – we would be glad to answer your questions and/or hear your suggestions.

Donmar Warehouse, in association with ETT, ScanLAB Projects and Trial and Error Studio

BSL Introduction Video


London Film Festival

6 - 17 Oct 2021

Creative Team


Ella Hickson


Sacha Wares


ScanLAB Projects

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry


Adrian Lee

Movement Director

Leon Baugh

Costume Designer

Kinnetia Isidore

Lighting Design Consultant

Prema Mehta

Casting Director

Anna Cooper CDG

Casting Assistant

Thomas Bailey

Shoot Production Manager

Joseph Morel

Stage Manager

Shannon Martin

COVID Supervisor

Renasha Khan

XR Production for ScanLAB

Matthew Shaw

XR Production for ScanLAB

Tom Brooks

XR Production for ScanLAB

James White

XR Production for ScanLAB

Jacques Pillet

XR Production for ScanLAB

Grey Grierson


Vicky Berry

BSL Introduction

Deepa Shastri

Audio Description



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