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Seventeen

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Matthew Whittet

Published by Oberon

3 Male 3 Female

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Acclaimed Australian writer Matthew Whittet's unique play sees a cast of veteran stage actors take on the role of a group of teenagers

It's about the cusp of adulthood

Set in that time after the end of the very last day of school, just before everyone moves on

Jess is Mike's girlfriend

Tom is Mike's best friend

But Tom is secretly in love with Jess

Emilia is Jess's best friend

And she's about to get drunk for the first time

Lizzy is Mike's annoying younger sister

And Ronny ...

Well, no-one invited Ronny and no-one's quite sure why he's there

As dawn approaches, through a fog of cheap beer, dreams are shared, insecurities aired

And secrets spilled

Funny, wise and a little bit sad, Seventeen - performed entirely by a cast of "mature" actors - brilliantly turns our notions of adulthood and adolescence on their head

REVIEWS

★★★★ "'Joyous" ~ The Independent

"Heart-clenchingly sad" ~ WhatsOnStage

" ... '[a] striking portrait of youth" ~ Guardian

★★★★ "The play wins one over by its sharp understanding of what it is like to be a confused, bewildered teenager ... Under the routine booze and banter, Whittet's play gradually grips through its revelation not just of the insecurity but of the buried emotions of these partying teenagers ... As friendships are fractured and new alliances formed, Whittet captures the sense that this is a pivotal moment in all these young lives... The initial sense of deja vu leads to a play that taps into our collective memories of the pains of youth" ~ Michael Billington, Guardian

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