'Seventeen' by Matthew Whittet

The Theatre Guild concludes its 2019 season with 'Seventeen', Matthew Whittet's beautifully observant work about the strains of youth, transformation and about letting go.

"So what are you going to miss the most? 
The library. Free periods on Wednesday afternoons. Interschool debating tournaments and Mrs Frankenbaum. 
Frankenbaum? Who smells like something crept up her frankenbaum and died years ago?"

On the night of the last day of school, five teenagers are celebrating. No more homework, no more teachers, no more early mornings, no more rules ...

But, just like breaking up, growing up is hard to do. And will things ever change? Who even wants to?

Over the course of the night, truths are revealed and passions unveiled as they drink, dance, shout and love. Mike, Sue, Tom, Edwina and Ronny must each come to terms with the world as they say goodbye - and hello - to each other, and most importantly, themselves.

Matthew Whittet's poignant play is both funny and sad, uplifting and painfully awkward. It captures the feeling of knowing that only comes with being seventeen, tapping into the sometimes overwhelming feelings that come with looking back; not in anger, but with pride and a little bit of sadness.

'Seventeen' sees a cast of adult actors play a group of teenagers, turning our notions of adulthood and adolescence on their head.

"Who says you're only young once?"

Cast: Kate Anolak, A J Bartley, Lindsay Dunn, Rebecca Kemp, Lindy LeCornu and Allan Robins

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