In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution?
This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Bruce Norris’ (Clybourne Park, The Low Road) new play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, comes to the National Theatre direct from its premiere at Steppenwolf, Chicago.
Please note: Downstate discusses and contains graphic descriptions of child abuse and rape. There are also graphic depictions of self-harm and reference to drug use, that some people may find distressing. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our online Help centre.
If you have been affected by any issues raised in the production, the following charities offer free support:
NAPAC - Offers support to adult survivors and training for those who support them.
MIND - Provides support and advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Talks and events
Director Pam MacKinnon and Writer Bruce Norris Fri 15 March, 6pm
Playwriting at the NT with Bruce Norris Sat 16 March, 10.30am
Questioning Justice with Helena Kennedy Wed 27 March, 6pm
Forgiving the Unforgivable Wed 24 April, 6pm