About the play “The Children Act” - directed by Karin Beier
The theatrical version of the book “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan follows the deliberations of a judge who is tasked to decide in a court case whether a 17-year-old boy suffering from leukemia may receive a blood transfusion against his will and the will of his parents. The parents and the boy are Jehovah's Witnesses and their religion prohibits them from receiving a foreign blood transfusion. However, since the boy is underage, a Iegal case is raised over whether the hospital has the right to administer medication or not. The play also examines the private life of the judge who finds herself in a childless marriage made difficult due to her husband’s affair. In the end, the judge decides in favor of the medical treatment, which saves the boy's life but results in long-term consequences. The judge’s decision is not just based on the facts, but she also allows herself to be influenced emotionally and on a personal level.
This conflict between a high degree of objectivity and high emotional stakes is reflected by the choice and combination of light sources that were chosen for this piece: ARRI SkyPanels, ARRI Compact 4kw, and (incandescent) PAR lamps. Lighting designer Annette ter Meulen recalls: “With this play, I was interested in working with the stage design as purely and minimalistically as possible so that the narrative of this story could have its space.”