Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with music by Academy Award winning Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall), 'Junkyard' tell us the true story of Lockleaze playground in 1979 and the lives of the children who built it.
From the off, the wonderful comic timing of Erin Doherty as Fiz and Josef Davies as Ginger, the playful script and choreography had the audience giggling in their seats, almost as if the audience were fellow children at the Junkyard watching their counterparts poke fun and scrap with one another. This balance of wit and humour alongside raw emotion, as the characters traverse issues of love and hate, created an incredibly honest representation of teenage life.
The cast were fantastic. Well balanced as a group, their lines bounced off one another creating an energy similar to that of a real group of friends. This allowed the audience to build up a rapport with each of the characters as they developed through the story and helped maintain the childlike naivety that put the audience at ease. The music played by Nadine Lee, Dario Rossetti-Bonell and Akintayo Akinbode on guitar and drums helped create a seamless performance by bridging the different scenes together and accompanying some of the wonderful individual and group songs performed by the cast.
The set itself was also impressive, growing in size as the characters developed, it provided an intriguing backdrop to the musical especially when lit only by torches and candle light and accompanied by Seyi Omooba’s harrowing but beautiful opening solo.
Junkyard has truly succeeded in producing an entertaining and visually stunning piece of theatre. Accessible to all, this funny and touching piece of work, combined with a cast and score to match, is a musical everyone should go and see.