Ready to rock

Buxton Opera House's Kaleidoscope Fringe Company will present Punk Rock during the Buxton Festival Fringe. Photo contributed.

Buxton Opera House's Kaleidoscope Fringe Company will present Punk Rock during the Buxton Festival Fringe. Photo contributed.

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THE NEWEST division of Buxton Opera House’s youth theatre group, the Kaleidoscope Fringe Company, is busy preparing for their debut Buxton Festival Fringe show – Punk Rock.

Written by Simon Stephens, this gritty play about the pressures of teenage life will be performed at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, on Thursday July 5, Friday July 6 and Sunday July 8, at 7.30pm.

Set in the library of a fictional grammar school, a group of intelligent, articulate sixth formers try to balance the demands on their adolescent lives.

As time goes on disturbances, incoherence and violent behaviour bubble to the surface – the outcome of which is catastrophic.

The Fringe group has a cast of nine, selected from 50 members of the youth theatre groups, who are all aged 14–18.

Sian Dudley, Buxton Opera House Learning and Participation Officer, said: “Although the play has been shocking and difficult at times, it touches on so many important issues such as sexuality, the aspirations of British youth and the pressures felt by young people in the modern education system – the group have found it easy to relate to.”

Tickets for Punk Rock, priced £7 and £8, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.