Powerful, haunting, terrifying, The Seeing portrays three children one summer immediately after the Second World War.
The war’s terrible, unseen damage and the awful strength of unresolved hurts dominate the lives of every character but alongside this we see the power of human resilience. Both setting and characters are realistic and well-defined, while the tension between the three children is strongly drawn; despite the era, they are today’s children.
The mix of hormones, anger and revenge with conventional strictures and boredom makes for a tale of breath taking power. Every character is convincingly at some stage of recovery from the war and the misunderstandings are very real. Ultimately this is about different ways of seeing and what happens when one person’s pain becomes all-consuming.