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Mon 22nd Apr at 7:30pm

Spring Awakening

@ Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Featuring: Icarus Theatre Collective

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Spring Awakening: Icarus Theatre Collective

A powerful production of this haunting classic play about the terrors of becoming an adult.

Set in late 19th century Germany, the play follows a highly religious community with straight and gay teens exploring youth’s furtive sexual awakenings. These young people push imposing boundaries as puberty overtakes them and their lives are changed forever.

15-year-old Melchior is chased out of town for acts of hedonistic, lewd and despicable moral character. But Melchior is the brightest boy in school and knows sex is just a natural act that ends in the beauty of childbirth.

Wendla, the 14-year-old girl-next-door, dies during a tragic abortion thrust upon her by narrow-minded parents. Crushed by Wendla’s death and persecuted by the authorities (and even his own parents) Melchior battles through purgatory where he confronts the ghosts of his past.

This is a seminal play that attacks the sexually oppressive culture of fin de siècle Germany and offers a vivid criticism of the erotic fantasies it breeds. A play well ahead of its time, and with its careful negotiation of teenage pregnancy, homosexuality and religion, it remains bold, challenging and thoughtful today.

Contains nudity and scenes of an adult nature.

Recommended for ages 14and over with adult (otherwise 16 and over).

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Venue Facts

Venue: Buxton Opera House


Address:
Water Street
Buxton
SK17 6XN 53.258343, -1.917126


Buxton Opera House map


Website: buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Enquiries: 01298 72190

Bookings: 0845 127 2190


Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan


Train

  → Buxton 5 min walk