Punk Rock, the Simon Stephen’s play about the struggles of everyday kids is a no-holds barred account about the life of a group of teenagers. Set in a nondescript grammar school in Stockport, it tells of the complex dramas that unfold as they prepare for exams and life beyond Manchester.
Performed by graduates from the School of Performing Arts at Bath Spa University, they perform the play alongside Shakespeare’s much loved A Midsummer Night’s dream. The Egg theatre will host the performances from May 22 through to May 24.
The group of teenagers are a tight knit group with the typical problems associated with adolescence. The school bully, Bennett, is the boyfriend of Cissy and Tanya has the problems that all teenagers do. Lilly, a newcomer becomes fixated with Nicholas, while William, smart as he is, has trouble separating fantasy and reality. This seemingly normal environment quickly turns to devastation.
Simon Stephen’s work is widely recognised and is performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Punk Rock was nominated as Best New Play for the 2010 Evening Standard award. It premiered in 2009 at the Royal Exchange before moving to the Lyric Hammersmith.
The performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is equally anticipated. Shakespeare’s most popular play tells of the comedic events leading up to the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens to Hippolyta the Queen of the Amazons. A group of Fairies that live deep in the forest conspire to create a series of events that are as chaotic are they are humorous.
These performances are eagerly anticipated and highlight the work of staff and graduating students of the Performing Arts department at Bath Spa University, before the students go on to advance their careers at various theatre companies throughout the UK and abroad.