"A phenomenal piece of theatre... fascinating and thought-provoking drama." --British Theatre Guide
In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan taking hundreds of children hostage. The ensuing siege lasted three days and left many dead. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy, but an exploration of the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations.
'Wijs has produced something uniquely accessible and unpatronising for all ages. The play is specifically aimed at families, and by dealing with terror using such a lightness of touch the play opens a necessary path to discuss the horrors that will inevitably be encountered by children, be it on TV, in newspapers or on the internet, without resorting to the prejudices of adulthood.' The Upcoming.
After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them had its London premiere at the National Theatre in 2017.
An outstanding piece of theatre for all ages. --The Stage
An extraordinarily thoughtful and compassionate play about the way in which the young process trauma and the different filters that children and adults place over the truth... shimmers with a strange double emotional reality, which makes it very funny at times - and awfully painful at others. --Exeunt Magazine
This remarkable piece of theatre - playful, surprisingly and painfully funny as well as moving... Us/Them is a very grown-up show, that defies preconceptions and questions the stories we tell about ourselves and each other. --Guardian
An extraordinary piece of theatre that manages to deal with a tragedy in a way that is sensitive, deeply moving, and important... a story that is as much about what it means to be a child as it is about tragedy... In a world in which images of terrorism are so prevalent, Us/Them offers an alternative look at it, and one that lives long in the memory afterwards. --reviewshub
The highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe... Us/Them speaks widely and pressingly to the terrorist nightmare that has crept closer during the past decade, with children now in the front-line, and no easy way out. Haunting, I'd say. In fact, unforgettable. --Telegraph