A play for younger people, DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. It opened at the National Theatre in February 2008.
Dennis Kelly's plays include Debris (Theatre503/Battersea Arts Centre, 2003), Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre, 2004), After the End (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Bush Theatre, 2005), Love and Money (Young Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006), Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre/Birmingham Repertory, 2006), DNA (National Theatre, 2008), Orphans (Paines Plough/Traverse Theatre/Soho Theatre/Birmingham Rep, 2009), The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010), The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court, 2013), Matilda the Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010) and Pinocchio (National Theatre, 2017). His plays have been performed all over the world and have been translated into nearly thirty languages. For television he co-wrote and created Pulling (Silver River/BBC 3) and has written and created Utopia (Kudos) for Channel Four.
Tension so gripping you could almost taste it. Highly recommended.
FOUR STARS * What's On Stage *
A taut, compelling thriller and a modern-day spin on Lord of the Flies, exploring group behaviour and moral equivocation. * Financial Times *
Dennis Kelly's short, sharp shocker of a play cleverly piles on the twists... [his] sharp, reflective writing gets inside the characters' heads. FOUR STARS * The Guardian *
Dennis Kelly's cruel teaser of a play; Anthony Banks's snappy production sets the temperature at chilling. FOUR STARS * The Sunday Times *