Lucy Kirkwood's Mosquitoes is a play about families and particle physics. It was first performed in the Dorfman auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 25 July 2017 (previews from 18 July).
The play revolves around the difficult relationship between two sisters: Alice and Jenny (age 41 and 39 respectively at the start of the play). Alice is a scientist based in Geneva, working on the Large Hadron Collider as it starts up in 2008, and is embarking on the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson particle. Her clever, if disturbed, son Luke is fiercely critical of the environmental consequences of his mother’s work. Jenny, meanwhile, lives in Luton, sells medical insurance, looks after their aged mum, Karen, and loses a baby daughter after scare stories about the MMR vaccine. When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.
The National Theatre production was directed by Rufus Norris and designed by Katrina Lindsay. It was performed by Olivia Williams (as Alice), Olivia Colman (as Jenny), Paul Hilton, Joseph Quinn (as Luke), Sofia Barclay, Amanda Boxer (as Karen), Yoli Fuller, Vanessa Emme, Cait Davis and Ira Mandela Siobhan.