Teenage Kicks - A Punk Musical

Teenage Kicks - A Punk Musical

A joint production between the Nerve Centre and Millennium Forum, Teenage Kicks told the story of Derry~Londonderry teenager Jimmy McMurphy, who escapes Northern Ireland in 1981 by way of a student exchange programme to St Francis Xavier High School in the US state of Iowa. 

Opening in November as part of the UK City of Culture, the stage show by award winning novelist and screenwriter, Colin Bateman (‘Divorcing Jack’, ‘Murphy’s Law’) was a homage to the new wave of bands who shook up a stagnant music scene in Britain in the late 1970s. 

Described as 'Alternative Ulster's Mamma Mia', the Des Kennedy-directed musical featured numbers by everyone from Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks to The Stranglers and Derry’s favourite sons The Undertones, bands who encouraged a fresh brand of youth rebellion that spread around the world. 

Teenage Kicks wasn’t just about punk rock however; the '70s set story revolved around themes of falling in love as a teenager and rebelling against authority. It was classic boy meets girl stuff, albeit with boy trying to stick safety pin through girl’s ear. 

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