In the summer of Year Ten, Alex Stokes takes the fateful step of buying an electric guitar and forming his own rock group. He teams up with a mysterious young singer by the name of Joel Lawrence. What follows could well be the most incredible saga in the school’s musical history. The band survives different line-ups, impossible love affairs and brutal school politics. By Year
Thirteen, they are a tightly knit four-piece, and their final gig is nothing short of remarkable – but have individual members paid too high a price?
Cast breakdown: variable size ensemble
Robin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, who has twice been chosen as a Broadcast Hotshot (2006 and 2008). His film Crocodile won awards at Cannes, Encounters, and Guanajuato festival, and was BIFA nominated for Best British Short. Robin is currently writing a feature film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop, as well as developing new drama projects for television.
Robin's background is in theatre. His first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and was produced at the Royal Court in 2004, where it earned an extended run. He is writer in residence for The Birmingham Rep, and under commission from The Royal Court.
Robin often writes film and television with long-time collaborator Kieron Quirke. Their hit sitcom Cuckoo, starring Greg Davies, was BBC3's highest ever comedy launch and has gone on to secure a repeat run on BBC1 as well as nominations at BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards. The third series airs in early 2016 on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer, and the show has been recommissioned for a further two series. Robin and Kieron’s credits also include creating and writing US sitcom series Roommates (ABC Family) in 2009 and the eight part mystery drama Trinity (ITV2) in 2009.
Photography by Sorted. Design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio.