5-9 April 2016
Reviewed by Sarah-Kate Cantlie
The production of American Idiot based on the Green Day album from 2004 has finally arrived in Manchester for a punk rocking 5 nights on stage. The Palace Theatre in Manchester is always a pleasure to visit, the seats are spacious and even when seated next to someone who spreads out, and it’s still comfortable (which was lucky for me last night). The facilities are always clean and there are plenty of them, so the wait is often short.
This is America’s youth following the devastation of 9/11, the lead following a path of self-destruction and loathing perfectly accompanied by the punk rock music that was released, what seems like yesterday. Born in the 80’s, this was and is my type of music, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the narrative story that unfolded. I took my husband to this production, which is rare, I hardly ever take him out, never mind to the theatre, our interests are rarely aligned, aside from booze and music. Given these common interests and that Green Day starting from Dookie onwards themed alongside our own late teens and early twenties. Needless to say, we both knew all the words and had a little sing along.
The story is great, a bunch of friends hanging on the sofa, playing video games and getting drunk and high.
This is a great production, it’s modern and dark in places, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable, which was evident from the diverse audience seated round us. The cast did an excellent job, in particular Matt Thorpe was amazing, his angry and depressive state quite raw at times, with Tunny’s role played amazingly by Cellen Chugg Jones, whose passion was evident and is clearly a talented stage performer. The rest of the cast, which included Amelia Lilly put on a fine performance and excellent choreography!
I would thoroughly recommend catching a performance of this, especially if you’re a fan of the music, or even of punk rock generally, its catchy and even rolls in some tunes from their follow up album, such as 21 guns, which Amelia Lilly gives an amazing vocal to! I totally loved it! Go, take the husband, following that performance, I’ve every chance of getting him back to the theatre in the future!
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £46.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
American Idiot is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 9 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019