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Casting and creatives announced for the UK première of punkplay

Matthew Castle and Sam Perry
Photo by Helen Murray

Full casting and the creative team are announced today for the UK première of punkplay at Southwark Playhouse.

Gregory S. Moss’s punkplay is a riot of a play told at breakneck pace with a killer soundtrack, a coming-of-age story about subcultures, friendship and not-fitting-in – all on rollerskates!

Staged in the US by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, punkplay, directed by Tom Hughes, will open for a 4-week season at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 7th September and run until Saturday 1st October. Press night is Friday 9 September at 8.00pm.

There’s Duck and there’s Mickey. They’re the kids of America and it’s the 80s apocalypse. They hate their parents and there’s no point in algebra. They’re grabbing at this thing called life: guitars, girls, love, fury, heartbreak and noise noise noise. Punk is their escape from suburbia and it’s like nothing they have ever heard. It’s fast – it’s alive – it’s already dead.

Matthew Castle was Roger in the Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of Lord of the Flies.

Aysha Kala was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2015. She played Sooni Dalal in Indian Summers and was in Shameless (both C4). On stage she was in Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court.

Sam Perry and Jack Sunderland are making their professional stage debuts.

punkplay is part of Punk London – 40 years of subversive culture. Playwright Gregory S. Moss said: “I hope London theatregoers respond the same as an American audience. It’s a play that works on a bunch of levels. I hope they can find some reflection of their own adolescence in the central relationship. I hope that the play does capture, in an authentic way, some of that spirit of what I thought punk rock was about: this unfettered freedom, that sense of possibility that it gave me when I was a kid. It’s a huge deal for me to have the play open in London. And also to be part of Punk London – the 40th anniversary of punk in London – feels incredibly validating. It makes me very happy.

Philippa Neels & Co. presents the UK premiere of punkplay by Gregory S. Moss
Directed by Tom Hughes
Designed by Cécile Trémolières
Lighting Design by Sarah Readman
Sound Design by Jethro Cooke
Casting by Sophie Holland
Produced by Philippa Neels

Southwark Playhouse
London SE1 6BD
The Little
77-85 Newington Causeway
Book tickets by telephone or online Box Office: 020 7407 0234
Wednesday 7 September – Saturday 1 October 2016
Press night: Friday 9 September at 8.00pm
Times: Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm
Ticket prices: Previews on 7th, 8th September: all tickets £12
From 9th September: £20, £16 (conc)
Concessions: Students, Under 16s, Unwaged, Registered Disabled, Over 65s, Registered disabled patrons can bring one
companion free of charge
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