Football and frozen chips – are those the goal posts which mark out Desmond and Asif? Destined for glory – or forever to remain the target for trainer thieves and parents?
Yeah, Whatever! was an anthem for a dislocated new generation asking questions about their cultures, home, school and life. A witty, subtle tale of the everyday experience of teenagers challenging their own and their parents’ assumptions exploring the confusion felt by young people who are really trying to be themselves.
Yeah, Whatever! fused the language of the street with the language of the characters’ parents – English, Urdu, Hindi and Sylheti – creating a dynamic theatrical statement for the Millennium.
Aimed at teenage audiences, this production toured nationally including a run at the co-producer’s venue.
You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.
Chris Elwell has been the Director of Half Moon Theatre on White Horse Road since 1997. He talks about the company’s work for teenage audiences and the importance of involving them at the heart of the development process. He discusses Yeah Whatever!, Caravan, Cued Up, Cutter and Locked In. Interviewed by Kavana Joyett.
“The performers present the self-consciousness and bad temper of 14 year olds with flair … parental pressures encroach on social ones: a perfect foil to the trainer talk and other displays of street cred.”
The Evening Standard