If Sid Vicious had lived, could The Sex Pistols be about to properly reform? To cut a version of “Anarchy in the UK” for a corporate jingle? We’re looking to Sense of Place Theatre’s revival of Mike Packer’s tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! to imagine how that might have turned out. See what Billy Abortion, Mark Faeces and their old punk mates have been up to in rehearsals – and then get booking!
Punk’s not dead!
The world’s unluckiest punk band reunites for one final gig!
Old punks don’t die… they just stand at the back.
tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!, directed by Steve Thompson, runs for six performances only at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington, north London, from 28 May to 1 June 2019.
In 1977, when punk was at its height, Billy Abortion’s bandmates left him bleeding to death in a Copenhagen hotel room. In 2007, Billy is back from the dead and stacking shelves. There was no way tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! Would ever reform. Until now….
Thirty years after the bands notorious split, an American corporation wants to pay them a small fortune for their punk anthem ‘Plastic People’, but everyone has to be in on the deal. How much will it take for the angriest man in music to sell out?
Mike Packer‘s touching, sad, hilarious, loud, dangerous, fun and unbelievably offensive play about a fictitious punk band, that may bear a passing resemblance to The Sex Pistols, premiered to rave reviews at the Bush Theatre in 2007. Since then, it’s been performed on three continents, including in long-running rep at the Sovremennik Theatre of Moscow, under the title of Anarchy.
How do you embody characters with names like Billy Abortion and Mark Faeces? These black-and-white character snaps help set the mood. In Sense of Place’s revival of tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!, Danny Swanson stars as Billy Abortion with Paul Albertson as Mark Faeces, John Alastair as John Smith, Emily Fairman as Louise Gash and Anneli Page as Gina.
And here are more action shots of the world’s unluckiest punk band rehearsing for their London comeback.
tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! runs from 28 May to 1 June 2019 at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA. Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, with a Saturday matinee at 1pm. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!