SEVENTEEN

by Matthew Whittet

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SEVENTEEN

by Matthew Whittet

– 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?

It’s the night of the last day of school. And it’s over. Finally over!

Tom, Mike, Edwina, Sure and Ronny are 17 and they’re seriously celebrating. Teetering of the cusp of adulthood, this is the night they say goodbye to adolescence and begin the journey of the rest of their lives. For each of them it’s a phoenix moment - exhilarating and sad, scorching and beautiful. Truths are revealed, passions unveiled, relationships are created and fall apart. Everything is changing. Tonight they drink, they dance, they shout and they love.

Matthew Whittet’s beautiful new play Seventeen is a finely observant, optimistic work about the strains of youth, about transformation and, ultimately, letting go.

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