What do you get when you combine The Inbetweeners with American Psycho?
Probably something very like Punk Rock, a play about schoolboys, schoolgirls and the interesting things you can do with a loaded gun.
Most of the play is set in a school library, where a group of students lounge, gripe, flirt and study for exams.
All the usual suspects are in attendance.
The geeky boy, the daydream boy, the bully boy, the hunky boy, the flirty girl, the chunky girl, the pretty yet ever-so-eager to please girl.
The teens exhibit the usual unstableness, frustration and anger you would expect from that age group.
Though one of them is more unstable than the rest...
Punk Rock and its author, Simon Stephens, have a mighty reputation. However, the play doesn’t offer anything fresh or revelatory. Unlike Chadwick Meade, the geeky boy in the play, this is hardly virgin territory.
The Catcher In The Rye, The Lord Of The Flies, The Chocolate War, The Wasp Factory. It’s all been done – and done to death.
I didn’t understand the title of the play, either. I’m guessing it’s there to give the show the veneer of radicalism.
Still, theatre doesn’t have to offer cutting edge material, and Punk Rock certainly zips along, keeping the audience suitably entertained. Just like X Factor, really.
Maybe that would have been a better title...
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