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|Quadrophenia to Rock Again at the National
- Penhall to write stage version of Mod movie
TREVOR NUNN has commissioned Joe Penhall to adapt the 1973 film Quadrophenia for his stage at the National theatre. The award-winning playwright has sufficient experience adapting film and theatre scripts to convince Quadrophenia's driving force, Pete Townshend, that he is the man for the job.
"Joe has a real gift for working with music and different art forms," said Townshend, guitarist and songwriter with The Who, the British band responsible for the film's sound track album. Rising to acclaim with Some Voices, the play which became a film and whose disturbed protagonist questioned the government's care in the community policy, Penhall then went on to explore more fully the NHS's treatment of mental disorders in the current West End hit, Blue/Orange.
The struggles of Quadrophenia's confused mod-rocker hero to resolve his inner turmoil echoes the National's policy for programming gritty yet crowd-pleasing dramas, as well as the dilemmas of Penhall's schizophrenic protagonists. "I am very pleased Trevor Nunn has given the blessing to the development of a theatre musical version of Quadrophenia," said Townshend.