On Our Shelves Now
Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark, Wedekind's definitive play about youth caused riots when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power. Brought up-to-date by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, this new version examines the exuberance, intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Spring Awakening asks important and pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn't understand them. "The most thrilling adaptation of Spring Awakening I have ever seen." - Financial Times "Captures the desperation and somnambulism of Wedekind's characters] but shrewdly updates their world." - Observer "Urgent and thrilling." - Telegraph
About the Author
Anya Reiss wrote her first play when she was 14 and then became a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Programme. Last year she was invited to take part in the Royal Court's Supergroup of young writers. Her new adaptation of The Seagull premiered at the Southwark Playhouse at the end of 2012 and prior to that, The Acid Test opened at the Royal Court in May 2011, where it received rave reviews. Her debut play, Spur of the Moment opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July 2010. Since then Anya has won the Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2010 Evening Standard Awards, Best New Play at the 2010 TMA Awards and Most Promising Playwright at the 2010 Critics' Circle Awards.