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Spring Awakening – Underground Productions 2019 Season


Wed 15 May 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 16 May 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 17 May 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 18 May 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Schonell Cinema & Live Theatre, Union Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Member: $15.00
  • Concession: $18.00
  • Adult: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind's intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play's subject matter—teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality—is as explosive and important today as it was a century ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendla, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answers or redemption.

Franzen's version of the text—for so long poorly served in English—is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn't be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

Directed by Kurtis Laing.