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by Matthew Whittet

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A poignant reminder of the inner teen within all of us.


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From Australian playwright Matthew Whittet, Seventeen is a playful yet moving exploration of adolescence.

On the edge of adulthood, six teenagers gather at a local park to celebrate a rite of passage in nearly every young person’s life: the final day of school.

Through wild drinking, carefree dancing, forbidden pashes and jaw-dropping confessions, what begins as a party to mark the beginning of the rest of their lives becomes a portrait of the complexities of youth.

Matthew Whittet is a writer, actor and dramaturg who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 26 years. As a writer his plays are performed both nationally and internationally. They include Big Bad Wolf (Melbourne Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre Co); We Are The Mutable (Queensland Theatre); Kindness (NIDA); Seventeen (Lyric Hammersmith and Belvoir); Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Co and Belvoir); Cinderella, Old Man, Silver (Belvoir); School Dance, Fugitive (Windmill Theatre Co, Adelaide Festival and Sydney Theatre Company). For television he recently wrote for Netflix’s Heartbreak High. He also wrote the award-winning feature film adaptation of Girl Asleep, which debuted at the Adelaide Film Festival and went on to open the 2016 Generation 14 Plus Program at the Berlin International Film Festival. Matthew was among the seven Sidney Myer Creative Fellows chosen in 2012 and is a proud member of both the AWG and MEAA.