Published Friday, 01 November 2013
The show is a transatlantic tale of young love and features some of the best-known songs from the punk rock era.
Debuting at the Millennium Theatre, the musical is a culmination of months of work and was created for Derry's year as UK City of Culture.
The show's writer Colin Bateman explained: "It's about teenagers, it's about their love of music, it's about rebelling against authority and it starts here in Derry but very quickly takes off for America.
Director Des Kennedy continued: "People would think punk rock and musical theatre don't go together.
"But the thing about these songs is that the lyrics are so good and the stories they tell are so brilliant, it felt very easy to transpose those to a piece of theatre where you're using the songs to tell stories.
"Because it's a new work it's constantly changing, constantly evolving.
"We were even changing the script just this week to try and make the piece and the stories as tight as they can possibly be."
I've tried books, I've tried movies but nothing seemed to quite work and then suddenly I had the idea of making a musical.
Writer Colin Bateman
The show features songs from The Stranglers, the Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones.
Colin added: "Although you probably can't tell now, I was a young punk rocker way back in the '70s and I've been struggling for 20 years to try and work out how to write about punk rock.
"All of the songs in the show are the ones I grew up with and loved."
Des added: "This isn't your traditional musical.
"It's not top hats and high kicks and jazz hands.
"This is telling a story using brilliant music in quite a different way.
"The choreography in this is very different, the sound of the music isn't what you'd traditionally expect from a musical.
"So I think if people are put off by the idea of musical theatre they should come along to this because this is very different from what they might expect."
Teenage kicks runs at the Millennium Theatre until the 9 November.
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