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[JUN 99] BELRADE THEATRE PRESS RELEASE
Junk

1 - 5 JUNE 1999

Charles Stephens in association with Oxford Stage Company Library Theatre, Manchester & Blackpool Grand Theatre present Junk.
An original novel by Melvin Burgess
Adapted for the stage by John Retallack
Directed by John Retallack

WINNER 1998 Barclays Theatre Award for Best Show for Young People

JUNK, one of the most controversial novels of recent years, now a highly acclaimed stage play, comes to The Belgrade Theatre for 1 week only. The original book won The Carnegie Award for fiction and The Guardian Fiction Prize in 1997.

Junk
NATALIE WRIGHT AND DAN ROSEWARNE IN JUNK

The play is an uncompromising, roller coaster of an account of a group of young people caught up in the world of drugs, prostitution and broken friendship. It doesn't preach a message, it simply tells the story as it is, leaving the audience to make up it's own mind about the perils involved. JUNK introduces the initial thrill and fun of the drug scene and the despair and degradation that follow.

Set in the eighties, the show is peppered with fun and laughter, spiky haircuts, heavy black eye liner, ripped t-shirts with added atmosphere from some of the best music of the era including The Stranglers, The Cure and The Buzzcocks.

The director and adapter is John Retallack who was until November the Artistic Director of Oxford Stage Company. The design is by Niki Turner, with lighting by Bruno Poet and music selected and arranged by Kari James.

The show is suitable for adults and young people from 14 plus, containing explicit language and simulated drug taking.

National Press Ouotes

"John Retallack gives this smack-head saga a terrific spin with a superb backing track"

The Express

"John Retallack's courageous adaptation bites the bullet ... it is tough, tender and never less than honest"

The Guardian

"The pace is fast the music loud, the fun fantastic and the grimness dire and scary"

Mail on Sunday

"A genuine breakthrough for teenage theatre"

The Express

"The show is scrupulous about never glamorising the rotten existence of the junkies. A truly cautionary tale"

The Independent

"Strongly acted, strongly told, trip to the inferno"

The Times

"Retallack's adaptation has vivid immediacy"

Daily Telegraph

"Treats young people as rising adults not overgrown toddlers"

The Guardian

"Potent theatre"

Mail on Sunday

"As a cautionary tale, Junk must be worth any amount of official propaganda"

Sunday Telegraph

MORE INFORMATION: Cath Pitkethly  01203 846 703
  

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