Granary Theatre

Punk Rock

Simon Stephens' riveting Punk Rock navigates the angst of seven teenagers during preparation for their examinations. As exam pressure builds, anxiety flares revealing a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility.

Edgy and acute, Punk Rock is a slow-building story of life at school, told with compelling depth and tension. The play introduces us to seven high-achieving teenagers. Individually, they struggle with the pressure of impending tests as well as the environment in which they find themselves. They are holed up in an unused classroom, tucked away from supervision, revising — or not, as the case may be — for their mock A-Levels. The closeness and privacy of the room offers a space for candour but also for competition. What truth hides behind the stories they tell about themselves and each other? As the teens’ individual tales unravel, their relationships collide in an unexpected event. William, a bright Oxbridge-hopeful, falls for the enigmatic new girl Lilly, but she’s falling for someone else. Watched by his girlfriend Cissy, Bennett bullies the insecure Tanya and the awkward prodigy Chadwick. It is a recognisable stew of rivalries, desires and confusions, each character’s uncertainties carefully drawn. But as exam pressure builds, anxieties flare into aggression, revealing a raw undercurrent of panic and hostility. This Cork production features a cast of talented emerging local and national trained, professional young actors and a live rock band. It is relevant to students transitioning to university, and also to students currently in university. Punk Rock was initially produced by the Royal Exchange (Manchester, 2009), before transferring in the same year to the Lyric Hammersmith, London.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events: Granary Theatre
Time: 8.00pm
Location: UCC Granary Theatre
Target Audience: 14+
Admission Price: € €15.00 / €10.00 (full and concession)
Contact: Anne Bermingham
+ 353 21 490 4272

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