By Simon Stephens
The Lantern at Colston Hall
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mat)
“Everything human beings do finishes up bad in the end.
Everything good human beings ever make is built on something monstrous.
Nothing lasts. We certainly won’t…”
Year 13. The school year that entire futures depend upon.
In the old library of a private grammar school, a group of pupils feel the pressure of their looming mock exams. As the tests creep disconcertingly near, the teenagers must balance the viciousness of adolescence against society’s expectations of adulthood. Under a veneer of prosperity, these intelligent, engaged and well-educated young people are beginning to crack. Inevitably, something has to give.
Directed by Lisa Gregan (Under a Cardboard Sea) and presented by Bristol Old Vic Young Company in their signature ensemble style, this vital and immediate play from acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens asks us all to question how young people today deal with the demands placed upon them.