Back The World

ED FOSS A world premiere of a black comedy centred on punk nostalgia. But the auditorium at Sheringham Little Theatre for such a big occasion was unfortunately Pretty Vacant, as the Sex Pistols used to sing.

ED FOSS

A world premiere of a black comedy centred on punk nostalgia. But the auditorium at Sheringham Little Theatre for such a big occasion was unfortunately Pretty Vacant, as the Sex Pistols used to sing.

And that is a shame, because this offering from the A12 Theatre Company, watched by 17 people, has a lot to commend it.

The theme of former punks turning into respectable members of society is not new, but

Back the World's power and pathos comes from the interaction of former band members when they gather for a reunion tour.

There are memories of the 1970s, particularly in energetic flashbacks to the days of pogo-ing, 'gobbing' crowds and after-gig groupies.

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But there is also the rekindling of feelings, home truths and a united resentment of the now-dead singer, the only one to find fame.

The script by Stephen May is full of wit – both in one-liners and observations on life. He also plays guitarist Lawrence with gusto, capturing all the pent-up punk angst still inside him.

Anthony Roberts is superb as the downtrodden drummer Cabbage, and Caron May excels as Judith the bassist, determined to boss the reunion band having been ignored the first time around by the testosterone-filled lads.

The theme would seem better suited to urban fringe than small-town theatre, but this play, and company, now setting off on a national tour, deserve to do well.

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