DOI: 10.5040/9781408177020.00000005
Acts: 2. Scenes: 11. Roles: Male (12) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

After war and poverty have brought the world to wrack and ruin, one woman decides that the greatest mercy she can show her child is to leave it to die alone.

Regretting her decision she sets out to find him – a lifelong quest which takes her through warzones and the subsequent uneasy peace; a world after conflict which must be rebuilt both in the public and the private spheres.

Can relationships survive the breakdown of society? Are we personally responsible for crimes forced on us by large-scale war? Edward Bond's Innocence offers no easy answers, instead showing in painstaking detail the delicacy and difficulty of human interaction after trust has broken down, both inside and outside the home.

Innocence is the last play in Bond’s The Paris Pentad (originally called The Colline Tetralogy), preceded by Coffee, The Crime of the Twenty-First Century, Born, and People.