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To: Saturday, 31 October 2009
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William Carlisle. The world at his feet. Its weight on his shoulders. Intelligent. Articulate. F***ed. As the end of term approaches, a group of sixth-formers prepare themselves for the end of their school lives. But as the world begins to open up before them, they are faced with the very real danger it could swallow them whole.
Glenn Meads - 13 October 2009
Simon Stephens' new play Punk Rock has received rave reviews in London and although it is slightly uneven in tone, you can see why. It focuses on a group of disaffected teens as they go through their Groundhog Day, that is school. But, the twist here is that they are middle class, bright pupils with everything ahead of them. Or have they?
Like Alan Bennett's History Boys, these characters have long monologues and speak in a way that makes them sound like characters in a play, as opposed to real people. But, unlike Bennett's Brief Encounter loving students, the world they inhabit is not all tea and elevenses.
There are several things which lift this character study above the norm; a fantastic lead performance, a familiar setting and Pete Rice's stunning sound effects. Tom Sturridge is incredibly endearing as shy boy William Carlisle, whose intelligence and quirky way with others, makes you warm to him instantly. The irony is that,...
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Lesley Hutchins - 20 October 2009:
a brilliant play, with superb acting, the one hour and 50 minutes flew by!...