Alice and Max are rambunctious. They don't miss a trick, and their teacher goes ballistic. Eventually she gives up. Then a new headmaster arrives: a troll.
He rules the school mercilessly, forcing the pupils to work all day in a gold mine. The slightest misdemeanour and they are devoured by the creature. Alice and Max try to rebel, but the adults don't seem to take their plight seriously... Who could believe such rascals?
This modern-day tale is about two children who are confronted with a dictatorial regime installed in their school by a new headmaster. Although they try to make themselves heard, the adults remain deaf to their distress. But the two inventive and brilliant rascals soon come up with a solution...
The power of language will enable them to overcome their fear and see the troll not as a fantasised monster, but as a stranger who does not speak our language. A play by Dennis Kelly about emancipation, about two future citizens who look at a complex world through the eyes of children.