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October 17, 2017 / basabbott

Punk Lives Again


Oxy and the Morons
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
(Until Sat 21 Oct)

Punk has been noted for its nihilistic swagger and total cultural revolt.
The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers etc had an odd mix of vitality and self-destructiveness.
Would a musical about this sub-culture attract today’s audience? Yes, it brought in a full house of all ages.
The band are seen in their 1970s heyday and again in middle-age, when asked to reform for a gig.
By then one has leukaemia and another is on a Tory candidate shortlist.
Mike Peters, Paul Sirett and Steve Allan Jones have created a clever, wise-cracking script. (Perhaps not the paternity twist at the end – an old theatrical cliché.)
Both bands give it their all and make you wish you had paid more attention 40 years ago.
Janet Fullerlove, an actress of mature years, probably never thought she would be performing in a punk band. But she is tremendous.
Rob Jarvis, as the now-ailing Oxy, still gives out throbbings of noontide when back in the spotlight.
His moving curtain speech convinces us that we are all punk at heart.

Basil Abbott

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