A Study of One Family’s Suffering – Elissa Blake, smh.com.au (20.12.13)

A study of one family’s suffering Elissa Blake Published: December 20, 2013 – 3:00AM   In the space of three years, Pantsguys Productions has become one of the most visible of Sydney’s independent theatre-making collectives. Formed around a nucleus of graduates from Actors Centre Australia in 2010, the company has already produced 10 plays. One of them, British writer Simon Stephens’ drama Punk Rock, was voted Best Independent Theatre Production of 2011 at the Sydney Theatre Awards in January. The...

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Punk Rock Review – Sydney Morning Herald

Punk Rock Review – Sydney Morning Herald

Hell’s Like Teen Spirit: Naive, Cruel ATYP Studio, The Wharf, July 27. Until August 11 Even without recent events in Aurora, Colorado playing on your mind, this production of Simon Stephens’s 2009 drama will just about floor you with the cold ferocity of its climax.   School daze: Darcie Irwin Simpson and Sam O’Sullivan Punk Rock is set in the stuffy library of a selective school in well-heeled Stockport, Manchester. Its habitués are the high-achievers, mostly from comfortable backgrounds: straight-A student Cissy...

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Punk Rock Review – Augusta Supple

Punk Rock Review – Augusta Supple

Punk Rock | ATYP Sometimes a play sticks to your ribs and makes it hard to breathe, or hard to move. Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock has found its way into the wooden heart of the wharf, in ATYPs Under the Wharf season with a bright and ambitious collective (Pants Guys Productions) and my dear friend Anthony Skuse at the helm. I have been watching the work of Pants Guys Productions as their portfolio of work proliferates – they are everywhere – passionate and ready. If anyone knows the burning urgency to escape a small town life, its me. And...

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Punk Rock Review – Daily Telegraph

Punk Rock Review – Daily Telegraph

Teen drama with powerful performances August 05, 2012 STAGED so soon after the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, which brought back memories of Columbine, Punk Rock feels extremely topical. Those events may have taken place in the US but adolescent angst is everywhere and Punk Rock plugs powerfully into the emotional turbulence of being a teenager. This terrific 2009 play by British playwright Simon Stephens is set in a selective high school where a group of articulate sixth formers hang out in a dingy library as they prepare for their mock A...

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Punk Rock Review – Daily Sydney

Punk Rock Review – Daily Sydney

07.08.2012 Punk Rock at ATYP When asked to describe his play ‘Punk Rock’ Simon Stephens said: “It’s like The History Boys on crack.” … he wasn’t lying. The Australian premiere of ‘Punk Rock’ is currently playing at Sydney’s ATYP in their theatre under the Wharf. From the production company that brought you ‘The Shape of Things’ last year, Pantsguys Productions are a serious creative company to keep on eye on. This show is absolutely exquisite. I haven’t been so affected, or moved, or shocked or stunned or...

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Fringe Review UK – autobahn

Fringe Review UK – autobahn

From the unhinged girlfriend to the remorseful boyfriend, the cheating wife to the uneasy runaway, this show explores life through a series of vignettes staged in the front seat of a car. This is an unmissable performance and a definite highlight of this year’s Fringe. Rating: 5 stars (out of 5) Autobahn is a marvellous example of what theatre can be when it is done properly. For 80 minutes the audience travels the freeway of life, as five short plays explore tensions, secrets and dramas from the front seat...

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