The Department of Drama tackled the volatile combination of adolescence and anxiety in Simon Stephens’ 2009 play Punk Rock, the fourth play of the department's 2015-16 season. Directed by Robert Moss, this production from one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights is set at a private British grammar school, the equivalent to an American high school, and navigates the increasingly on-edge angst of seven teenagers during their preparation for final examinations.
“He [Stephens] creates real, three-dimensional people,” says Moss. “I think he’s drawn seven incredibly honest portrayals of these seven kids. They’re very different from each other. They each have their incredible anxieties.”