July, 2019 at the Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide
Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, adapted by Christopher Sergel and Origin Theatrical
Directed by Zoe Muller, assisted by Matilda Butler
This iconic coming of age story follows the lives of a teen gang in the 1960s known as ‘Greasers’ who are perpetually at odds with the Socs, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Socs member, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with Dallas and the other Greasers, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives.
“The direction, by Zoe Muller and Matilda Butler, is well executed by the talented young adult cast, with stark contrasts of quiet emotion and violent aggression. The endearing moments and monologues lean in to play the silence of the intimate Bakehouse Theatre while the violent scenes bring a ferocity that fills the room with deafening conviction.
You can often gauge the quality of a performance by the sounds of the audience, or in this case the silence. [the audience was] totally engaged, absolutely silent and completely attentive. No coughs. No-one shifting in their chairs. Just. Complete. Focus.”
– Nathaniel Mason (Weekend Notes)