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“Riveting new work confirms Simon Stephens as one of the most important and exciting British playwrights working today . . . Compassion, insight and theatrical panache.”- Variety

Punk Rock is a school drama about teens in their last year at high school and the pressures they experience. Based on the playwright’s experiences 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 RyePunk 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 aspiring young people but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and anger simmering under the surface of success is revealed.