Our Generation


ISBN: 9781839040658
Author: By Alecky Blythe
Publication Date: 3/03/2022
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 184pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3110 Category: Tag:

‘To be honest with you, before I went secondary school I thought that the kids they would be like really mature and like by the time I reached Year Ten I’d be fully mature and everything. And I’d lose my like funsense and stuff… But, I don’t know if it’s just my class in particular but we really haven’t matured at all… I don’t want to be the serious adult and have serious children and have serious future in a serious house and serious everything.’

Alecky Blythe’s engrossing verbatim play tells the stories of a generation. Created from five years of interviews with twelve young people from across the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their teenage years as they journey into adulthood.

Often too extraordinary to be fiction, this funny and moving play is for anyone who is – or has ever been – a teenager.

It was co-produced by the National Theatre, London, and Chichester Festival Theatre in 2022, directed by Daniel Evans.

‘Extraordinary… shines a light on a generation dealt a spectacularly bad hand… a terrific piece of work’
Evening Standard

‘Magnificent… masterful… will steal your heart’

‘Dazzling… a beautiful and funny journey through twelve young people’s lives… The dialogue in this extraordinary state-of-the-nation play is comic gold dust… Through a dynamic distilling of her ongoing encounters with these young people, Blythe and her team respect and explore each of them as individuals… It’s a thrill to spend time inside these young people’s lives; it’s hard to imagine getting so close to these characters without the immersive documentary-style process that Blythe has honed over several plays… eye-opening, generous and brilliantly inventive’
Time Out

‘Thrilling… a frank, fond tribute to the agony and ecstasy of generation Snapchat’
Daily Telegraph

‘An extraordinary show… we grow to love these kids, fear for them, celebrate with them, laugh and cry with them’
Broadway World

‘Wise, beguiling, hilarious and gut-punchingly moving: a living portrait of adolescence, in all its overwhelming intensity… supremely lovable’

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