Plays 2: London Calling: Blue Sky Boys; John, I'm Only Dancing; Waterloo Sunset (Paperback)
Each of these three plays captures a moment in three different eras when music and pop culture turned New Zealand upside down. In Blue Sky Boys, the Beatles rock the town hall, while the down-on-their-luck Everly Brothers thrash out their artistic and personal differences with a trio of New Zealand teens. In John, I'm Only Dancing, a subversive music teacher tears down 1970s macho school culture with David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” In Waterloo Sunset, a band of Wellington punks clash with ex-pat English mods, each fighting to find a future in the 1980s as their youth runs out.
Ken Duncum is the Michael Hirschfeld Director of Scriptwriting at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters. His plays Blue Sky Boys, Cherish, and Trick of the Light are all winners of the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best New Zealand Play.