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Spring Awakening – The Musical (Ophiuchus Rising)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Finally, ‘Grease’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’ seem to have been given up as the high-school musicals of choice. They’ve been replaced by a new, distinctly more edgy, kid on the block: Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s ‘Spring Awakening: The Musical’. Full of stroppy, defiant teens having too much loving and storing up too much angst, this is a perfect production for the age range of Ophiuchus Rising. Whilst cleverly staged and enthusiastically delivered, unfortunately none of this could redeem a production that quickly spirals into more grating hyperbole and over-dramatisation than a hormonal teenage outburst. With a real mix of performers (and some very gifted singers), who deliver the rocky, raging songs with great conviction, this is a brave and intriguing, if not overwhelming, attempt.

Paradise in Augustine’s, until 11 Aug, 7.55pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Katharine Wootton]