Teenage Kicks at the Victoria Hall Theatre

Lifestyle / Wed 2nd Sep 2015 at 02:06pm

Punk RockTEENAGE KICKS……….. at Victoria Hall Theatre!

Harlow Theatre Company is producing Simon Stephen’s highly acclaimed play PUNK ROCK at the Victoria Hall Theatre in Old Harlow opening on 16th September and running for four nights until 19th September. This intense and powerful play has been described as ‘edgy and acute’ ‘remarkable and unpredictable’.

Punk Rock is not about Punk Rock! Simon Stephens chose that title after the 1970’s music genre that emerged in the UK from anger and frustration in young middle class youngsters –particularly in art schools. Punk Rock the play is about young people dealing with the pressures and hostilities in a commonly viewed privileged world.

Victoria Hall theatre will be transformed into the old library of a private grammar school where 7 sixth formers hole themselves up while they revise for their A level mocks. Simon Stephens has created some extraordinary characters: William, the bright anguished dreamer, Lilly, the enigmatic new girl with a troubled back ground, Bennett, a vile school bully who torments the cleverest nerdiest boy in the school-Chadwick. Then there’s the body conscious high -achieving Cissy and her friend Tanya the sensitive school prefect in love with her English teacher and finally Nicholas the good looking gym bunny who is desperate to lose his virginity. They love, lust, argue, threaten, bully and abuse each other in this sizzling hot house resulting in catastrophic chaos.

Jane Miles director of the recent successes of As You Like It and Jerusalem for HTC has gathered a talented cast of local young actors who are bringing a vibrant energy as they rehearse this bold and courageous play. It is not for the faint-hearted and contains strong language and content.

“If you’re young it will speak directly to you, if you’re not, it will make you glad of the fact.”

Punk Rock promises to be the modern contemporary theatre experience of this HTC season don’t miss out. Let the anarchy commence! Tickets can be bought…….

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