Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark, Wedekind's definitive play about youth caused riots when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power. Brought bang up to date by award-winning playwright Anya Reiss this new version examines the exuberance, intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Spring Awakening asks important and pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn't understand them
Anya Reiss completed the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court. Her first play, Spur of the Moment, premiered at the Royal Court in July 2010, winning her the award for Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards, and also the TMA Theatre Award for Best New Play. Her second play, The Acid Test, also opened at the Royal Court in 2011, and was a box office sell-out earning rave reviews. She also contributed to the Bush Theatre's Sixty-Six Books (2011), writing a response to a chapter of the King James Bible. Her adaptations of The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse, 2013) and Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse, 2014) are also published by Oberon Books.