Based on the playwright's experience as a teacher, this play explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving the story explores the pressures of teenage life as as group of educated, intelligent young people begin to plan for college and the rest of their lives with the step-by-step, dislocated, latent violence simmering under the surface of success revealed.
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.
"A stark, bracing and eventually brutal portrait of adolescent relationships."—Daily Express
"Confronts young people as they really are, and builds inexorably towards its tragic and violent climax."—The Guardian
"Evokes the twilight world of the teenager with scary vividness."—Daily Telegraph
"Powerful and compelling."—The Independent
"Riveting new work confirms Simon Stephens as one of the most important and exciting British playwrights working today...Compassion, insight and theatrical panache...The writer's perfectly calibrated setup leads audiences to some of the biggest, most complex questions of our time."—Variety
"Gripping, shocking and ferociously funny as anxieties jitter, hormones fizz and misery festers in the library of a Stockport private school."—Time Out London