Back To the Eighties

The action is set in and around William Ocean High School during the 1980’s. Corey Palmer, now in his thirties, is looking back affectionately at his last year in school, leading up to the highlight, the school prom. The events of the year are acted out, with singing and dancing to some of the biggest hits of the eighties.

The story revolves largely around the tensions among three boys who are competing to be class president, each putting forward a very different set of proposals. Corey (Matt Johnson), is the typical boy next door, Michael (Matt Brinkler), the athlete and bully, and Feargal (Javan Hughes), the computer wizard. Corey is in love with his next door neighbour, Tiffany (Hetti Wood) but she prefers Michael. A second major element of the story relates to a new girl in school, Eileen Reagan (Shellie Baigent), who is receiving fake love letters from Michael. Who will win the election? Will Tiffany see through Michael’s lies? Will the school manage to put on a massive concert?

The production is filled with songs from the eighties, including Girls Just want To Have Fun, Footloose and Video Killed The Radio Star. As is to be expected from a youth group, the singing is not totally to a professional standard, but that doesn’t really matter. The leading performances are excellent: realistic and involving. All the cast members are extremely enthusiastic and clearly enjoying themselves, as is the audience. Great fun for everyone, even those who were not around in the eighties.

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