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Punk Rock at Murdoch University - Review

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by Chantelle Pitt (subscribe)
University Student. Freelance Writer. Frequent Netflix Watcher. All-Around Arts Enthusiast.
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Ordinary circumstances can breed extraordinary ends
Presented by Murdoch Theatre Company, Punk Rock is a story of the troubles and consequences of school and teenage life. Written by Simon Stephens, directed by Tay Broadley and co directed by Justin Crossley, this show is an intriguing insight into teenage life and mental illness in young people.

Enter a grammar school in Stockport, in the second floor library room where seven students battle for identity.

Punk Rock
Punk Rock


I was impressed with the set for this production, as I walked inside and was confronted with a vandalised schoolroom complete with scratched desks and vandalised chairs. Behind the windows at the rear of the stage sat the live band, who cleverly provided a proper punk score for blackouts and scene changes.

Notable mention to Mike Casas as William Carlisle, whose particular acting style consisted of twitches and stiff posture, suited his character's quirks and odd tendencies; I imagine that this is a difficult character to portray due to the level of emotion in the character. Other notable actors include Will Moriarty as Nicholas Chatman, who had the difficult task of portraying a terrifically smart but supremely bullied young man as well as Thomas Dimmick as Bennett Francis who took on the role with very short notice.

Punk Rock was an enjoyable production with good costume choices, a tasteful score and a very talented cast. I enjoyed this production but like everything, there were some acting choices that jolted my viewing experience such as Paige Mews as Lilly Cahill's posture that seemed awkward and unnatural.

Punk Rock only plays for three performances so tickets are selling fast! It plays until the 30th of April 2016 at Murdoch University.

WARNING: Some scenes are based on the Columbine shooting and this play uses coarse language.

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Why? A truly moving piece of theatre
Where: 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150
Cost: $10-$15
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