Oliver Johnstone, Aoife Duffin, Bradley Hall and Ruby Thomas star in Spring Awakening, a contemporary version of Frank Wedekind’s classic produced by the acclaimed Headlong Theatre company.
This new adaptation by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, directed by Ben Kidd, looks to shift Wedekind’s teenagers into the 21st century, bombarded with sexual imagery, as they start to undergo their own sexual awakenings.
Oliver Johnstone takes the lead role of Melchior, the frustrated radical at the centre of the play. Recently seen as a guest lead in BBC One’s Inspector George Gently, Oliver has just finished shooting as a lead in the next Inbetweeners movie, The Long Goodbye.
Aoife Duffin plays Wendla Bergmann, a girl who turns fourteen at the beginning of the play. She begs her mother to tell her the truth about how babies are born but is never given sufficient facts. She is later raped by Melchior and conceives his child without any knowledge of reproduction. She dies after an unsafe and botched abortion. Aoife plays a lead in both series of Sky’s Mooneboy.
Bradley Hall plays Moritz, Melchior’s best friend and classmate who is traumatized by puberty and his own sexual awakenings. Bradley’s previous credits include David Hare’s South Downs, in Chichester and the West End, and the Olivier award-winning Goodnight Mister Tom. He also plays Joseph Poorgrass in Thomas Vinterberg’s forthcoming feature adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd.
Ruby Thomas is playing the roles of Thea and Mrs Bergman. Thea is one of Wendla’s close friends in the play, and Ruby also doubles as Wendla’s mother, Mrs Bergmann. Ruby will also shortly be seen in a guest lead role in BBC One’s hit comedy series Blandings.
Spring Awakening opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and will then tour number one venues across the UK until the 26th May.