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Adult Children

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

‘Technically astonishing and emotionally accurate.’ WhatsOnStage
‘A beautiful depiction of community, family and especially isolation.’ The Times

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.

Adult Children is an Official Selection for the inaugural Belfast XR Festival 2022, taking place on Wed 9th Nov at The Black Box – scroll down for ticket links.

Content and Accessibility information can be found HERE

Contains the following themes: Reference to a Covid-19 related death.


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


BFI London Film Festival

6 - 17 Oct 2021

Oxford Playhouse

23 - 25 Sep 2022

Kaohsiung Film Festival

14 - 30 Oct 2022

Belfast XR Festival

9 Nov 2022

Screen South and Hi3 Network Panel: How Writers Can Shape the Future of Immersive Storytelling

24 Nov 2022


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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Tobi Bakare
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Nabil Elouhabi
Jodie McNee
Beruce Khan
Annie Tyson
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