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Prehistoric (Elbow Room)

By | Published on Sunday 26 August 2018

Transported to an age before phones and the Internet, we’re told to cast our minds back to a bygone era. Against the backdrop of the late 70s Brisbane punk movement, four disillusioned non-conformists, all who have little else in common, are united by their desire to rebel against the notoriously brutal Bjelke-Peterson government. With blaring guitars, thrashing bodies and voices that refuse to be silenced, this is a brazen, in-yer-face depiction of rebellion, and the risks people will take to demand to be heard. Offering an insight into an often-overlooked period, ‘Prehistoric’ embodies the very ethos of punk, and with its punch-you-in-the-gut attitude, may just ignite a sense of gutsy defiance in its audience members, too.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Amy Bonar]