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Simon Stephens
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3 Sep 2009 Modern Plays
Simon Stephens' new play, published to coincide with its world premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith and The Royal Exchange, Manchester. Based on his experience as a teacher, Stephens describes his play as 'The History Boys on crack'. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving, with elements of The Catcher in the Rye, Punk Rock; follows the story of seven sixth-formers as they face up to the pressures of teenage life, while preparing for their mock A-levels and trying to get into Oxbridge. They are a group of educated, intelligent and aspirational young people but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and latent violence simmering under the surface of success is revealed.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408126362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408126363
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stephens' play...confronts young people as they really are, and builds inexorably towards its tragic and violent climax.' --Michael Billington, Guardian, 9.9.09

'Simon Stephens evokes the twilight world of the teenager with scary vividness' --Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 9.9.09

'Simon Stephens has created a stark, bracing and eventually brutal portrait of adolescent relationships in his new play Punk Rock' --Mark Shenton, Daily Express

About the Author

Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play Port, and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for On the Shore of the Wide World. His most recent play, Harper Regan, was produced at the National Theatre in April 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars yes 2 Mar 2014
By Ellie
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This is an amazing play. So dark and filled with flickers of humour. Slight essence of Sarah Kane towards the end. Really good read. Probably a good William monologue in scene seven if you cut some lines. Love it. Love me Stephens too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book/script ever! 22 Feb 2014
By Lottie
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I have read the play before and it is honestly my favourite piece of literature ever! The postage was fast and it was a good quality print (just like the one if read before) so I can give it nothing but 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock Review. 15 Jan 2014
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Loved this play. First work of Simon Stephens I have read and could not put it down! I was completely gripped from start to finish.
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Not at all suitable for a youth drama performance - may be useful for group discussion or live reading. I feel intelligent drama for young people shouldn't need to use so much bad (foul) language, but you may think differently
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock book 28 Dec 2012
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Book arrived when expected. Book was a course work book for mu daughter so glad she got it in time to read in the Christmas break.
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