The brilliant new play by acclaimed writer Matthew Whittet came to the Lyric Hammersmith in spring 2017 as a cast of veteran stage actors take on the parts of a group of teenagers in Seventeen.
Seventeen is a play about a group of children on the brink of adulthood and the edge of a complete change, taking place in the unique time just after the final school bell has rung.
Jess is Mike’s girlfriend and Tom is Mike’s best friend, despite the undeniable fact that he is secretly in love with Jess. Jess is best friends with Emilia and she’s about to get drunk for the very first time. Mike also has an annoying younger sister Lizzy and well, there is also Ronny, but no-one really invited him anyway.
As sunrise draws nearer in a haze of cheap beer and shared dreams and insecurities, all the group’s secrets come out.
Hilarious, poignant and a little bit sad, Seventeen is the new play that turns all notions of being and adult or teenager on its head, featuring a cast of veteran actors playing the group of schoolchildren.
Seventeen is a play by Matthew Whittet, the acclaimed Australian writer with a range of experience in theatre, film and television, having his first play Twelve workshopped in Perth in 2006 at the National Playwrights Conference as well as his follow up Silver being directed by Ben Winspear at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney.
Seventeen featured Sarah Ball as Lizzy, Michael Feast as Mike, Mike Grady as Ronny, Diana Hardcastle as Jess, Margot Leicester as Emilia and Roger Solman as Tom.
Seventeen opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on the 4th March 2017 with performances having ran until 8th April 2017.