Review: American Idiot, Bridlington Spa

American Idiot cast
American Idiot cast

The cover design for the programme has a brilliantly insightful image: a hand grasps a heart-shaped grenade. Apt indeed.

As the music explodes on stage, the heart is exposed and begins to bleed.

American Idiot is an adaptation of Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name. However, this is no juke box musical of the type which has provided such tired entertainment over the last few years.

The music is dynamic, occasionally lyrical and provocative.

The plot unfolds through a series of scenes involving Johnny (Newton Faulkner), Tunny (Cellen Chugg Jones) and Theo (Lawrence Libor). Each travels a different path in an attempt to escape small-town life and suburbia.

One sinks into drug addiction in the Big City, another stays home to support a pregnant girl friend and the third loses a limb in combat.

In best rock opera style, there is little dialogue. The whole piece is sung-through with loud and exuberant support from the five-piece band.

Racky Plews as director and choreographer has adapted the songs to fit a social agenda without losing the anarchic impact of the originals.

It is initially disconcerting to see West End dance routines performed to punk rock.

Ether I got used to them or there were fewer as the show progressed.

Green Day fan or not, I recommend you go along to the Spa and allow the heart grenade to explode in your head.

American Idiot runs until Saturday.

Performances are Wednesday June 8, Thursday June 9 and Friday June 10 at 8pm and Saturday June 11 at at 2.30pm and 8pm.

Tickets can be booked on Bridlington (01262) 678258 or on line.