Controversial drama comes to Derby Theatre

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A scene from Spring Awakening by Headlong @ West Yorkshire Playhouse.'(Opening 10-03-14)'�Tristram Kenton 03/14'(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Spring Awakening, the highly acclaimed, controversial teenage drama, can be seen at Derby Theatre until Saturday, May 31,

This is a Headlong, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield co-production, written by Frank Wedekind and being performed in a new version by Anya Reiss.

Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark, Wedekind’s play about youth caused riots when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power.

In a society where we are constantly bombarded by overt messages and images, Reiss’s startlingly modern adaptation piquantly evokes the sexual precocity and confused raw tension of teenage life today.

Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening was first performed in Germany in 1906 and is notorious for causing riots due to its provocative content of adolescent sexuality, suicide, abortion and rape.

Brought bang up to date and shockingly relevant, this new version, commissioned by Headlong, filters the restless urgency and erotic energy of the original and questions how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn’t understand them.

Anya Reiss is an award-winning playwright, who is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young voices in British theatre today. Her first play, Spur of the Moment directed by Jeremy Herrin, won the TMA award for Best New Play, the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her other credits include The Acid Test (Royal Court), The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse), the Bush Theatre’s Sixty Six Books project and National Theatre’s Connections season.

Reiss’ new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters opens at Southwark Playhouse this month.

Director, Ben Kidd trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the National Theatre Studio Director’s Course.

His credits include The Shawl (Young Vic), Anne and Zef (Salisbury Playhouse) and Richard III (Riverside Studios). Ben is the cofounder of Dead Centre, based in Dublin. For Dead Centre he has directed Souvenir, which toured to London and New York and Lippy (Dublin Fringe Best Production Award 2013).

Tickets are £10.50-£25.50. For more information about Spring Awakening and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk

n The Studio at Derby Theatre is the venue for performances by Theatre Works of Be My Baby, from May 29-31.

Set in a mother and baby home in 1964, Be My Baby follows the stories of those who have been sent there for a variety of reasons.

Written by Amanda Whittington, tickets to see it are £9 (£6 concessions). Call the above number for tickets.