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Punk Rock

  • The Howland Company
  • Simon Stephens
  • Gregory Prest
  • Mar 29 - Apr 14, 2018
  • $15-$35; PWYC April 2nd
  • 110 minutes (no intermission)
  • Details
    “I feel like I’m earthed. Here. And watch what happens if I let go.”

    In the library of a fee-paying grammar school outside of Manchester, England, a group of hyper-intelligent seventeen-year-olds prepare for their final exams. As anxiety builds and hormones rage, the students must prepare for a future that seems uncertain - and survive the volatile rites-of-passage of an unstable world. 

    A bubbling cauldron of fear, anger and self-loathing that threatens to destroy the adolescent fantasy, Punk Rock is a painful reminder of the dormant violence that lurks in the shadows of any civilized society.

    The Howland Company is an independent Toronto theatre ensemble, best known for their 2014 “Best of Toronto Fringe” hit and three-time sold-out production of 52 PICK-UP. Since 2013, the company has developed and produced numerous projects including a new adaptation of Ödön von Horváth’s Casimir and Caroline with Holger Syme, Susanna Fournier’s new performance text take rimbaud (as part of their 2016 Canadian Stage residency), an innovative and intimate production of The Glass Menagerie, as well as a sharp and disturbing award-winning “Patron’s Pick” production of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the 2017 Toronto Fringe. 2018 will be their most ambitious year to date, kicking off with this Toronto Premiere of PUNK ROCK by Simon Stephens, followed by Pulitzer-finalist The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, a co-production with Crow's Theatre, in the Fall of 2018. 


    PUNK ROCK features mature content, including extreme depictions of violence, coarse language, sexual content, the smoking of herbal cigarettes, and many live blank-firing gunshots. Suitable for mature high school age but adult guidance is advised.

    For any questions regarding the content of the show and potential triggers, please contact The Howland Company at howlandcompanytheatre@gmail.com


    Monday April 2nd is Pay What You Can at the box office, from 5.30pm.

    “tender, ferocious and frightening” - The New York Times
    “Simon Stephens evokes the twilight world of the teenager with scary vividness.” - The Telegraph
  • The Team


    • Cameron Laurie - William Carlisle
    • Ruth Goodwin - Lilly Cahill
    • James Graham - Bennett Francis
    • Hallie Seline - Cissy Franks
    • Tim Dowler-Coltman - Nicholas Chatman
    • Kristen Zaza - Tanya Gleason
    • Andrew Pimento - Chadwick Meade
    • Sam Kalileh - Richard Harvey
    • Marleigh Merritt & Sophia Jin - Lucy Francis


    • Simon Stephens - Playwright
    • Gregory Prest - Director
    • Nancy Anne Perrin - Set & Costume Designer
    • Jareth Li - Lighting Designer
    • Andy Trithardt - Sound Designer
    • Cameron Laurie - Music Consultant
    • Hannah MacMillan - Stage Manager
    • Brittany Kay - Assistant Director & Education Consultant
    • Simon Fon - Fight Master