Simon Stephens'

Punk Rock

Show details

Directed by
Chris Sonnex

Set/Costume Design by
Zoe Hurwitz

Lighting Design by
Rory Zammit

Sound Design by
Hattie North

Assistant Direction by
Philip Leone Ganado

Vocal Coaching by
Rachel Nicholson

The Linbury Studio Theatre

Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm
Thursday 5 November at 7.30pm
Friday 6 November at 2pm & 7.30pm

2 hours

About the show

“I hate normal people. Normal people should be eviscerated.” 

A Stockport grammar school. Half-a-dozen sixth formers are whiling away the hours in the library. 

A clatter of teenage thoughts tumble out between the friends. Dreams of Oxbridge, self-harm, contempt for the locals and of course: sex, sex, sex. 

But as exams approach and pressures rise, real brutality emerges from behind their playful barbs. And soon there is nothing left but violence. 

Simon Stephens began his theatrical career in the literary department of The Royal Court, where he ran its Young Writers’ Programme. 

His plays for theatre include Bluebird (Royal Court); Herons (Royal Court); Port (Royal Exchange Theatre); One Minute (Crucible Theatre and Bush Theatre); Christmas (Bush Theatre); Country Music (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs); On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre); Motortown (Royal Court); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep and Tricycle Theatre); Harper Regan (National Theatre); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre, Traverse Theatre); Heaven (Traverse Theatre); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange Theatre); The Trial of Ubu (Essen Schauspielhaus/Toneelgroep Amsterdam); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman; Lyric Hammersmith, London); Marine Parade (co-written with Mark Eitzel; Brighton International Festival); T5 (Traverse Theatre) and Wastwater (Royal Court). 

His radio plays include Five Letters Home to Elizabeth (BBC Radio 4) and Digging (BBC Radio 4). His screenwriting includes an adaptation of Motortown for Film4; the two-part serial Dive for Granada/BBC and a short film adaptation of Pornography for Channel 4's Coming Up series. Awards include the Pearson Award for Best New Play, Olivier Award for Best New Play and German critics in Theater Heute's annual poll voted him Best Foreign Playwright. His adaptation of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. 

Chris Sonnex is former artistic director of Bunker Theatre (awarded The Stage Awards Best Fringe Theatre award 2020) and was awarded Artistic Director 2020 at The Offies. He has previously directed for Bunker Theatre, LAMDA, The Royal Court, Almedia Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Caravan Theatre and Synergy Theatre Project. He is currently associate artist of HighTide. 

Photos: Alex Brenner


Chadwick Meade
Alfie Jones

Cissy Franks
Amy Darton

Nicholas Chatman
Daniel Rock

William Carlisle
Elliot Nolan

Bennet Francis
Gruff Harries

Tanya Gleason
Lilly Walker

Lilly Cahill
Marie Kizonzolo-Fruchart

Technical Team

Production Manager
Annie Kraszewska

Stage Manager
Kirsty Robson

Deputy Stage Manager
Emma Kaas Andersen

Assistant Stage Manager
Anna Eagle

Chief LX
Ben Garcia

Deputy LX / Programmer
Sebek Sturgeon

Production Sound Engineer
Charli Stephens King

Production Carpenter
Ruth Burgon

Deputy Carpenters
Emily Huxley
Sophie O'Neill
Tiago Stricker

Wardrobe Supervisor
Sheena Heueston

Deputy Wardrobe Supervisor
Lesley Read