Deputy Mayor Gary gets ‘punk’d’

SO HARD TO BEAT... Derry's Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton (far right) gets 'punk'd' at Bull Park with, from left, Ben Kerr, Mikey-Jay Heath, Keith Lynch (cast members of 'Teenage Kicks - The Punk Musical'), and writer Colin Bateman.
SO HARD TO BEAT... Derry's Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton (far right) gets 'punk'd' at Bull Park with, from left, Ben Kerr, Mikey-Jay Heath, Keith Lynch (cast members of 'Teenage Kicks - The Punk Musical'), and writer Colin Bateman.

Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton has joined award-winning author Colin Bateman and some of the cast of “Teenage Kicks - The Punk Musical” !

The Deputy Mayor was getting ‘punk’d’ ahead of the much anticipated stage show which is on its way to the city.

The production, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will run from November 1-9 in the Millennium Forum as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

The group, complete with leather jackets, Lord Anthonys and DM boots, larked around in Bull Park, the “spiritual playground” of Derry’s 1970s’ punk scene.

Colin Bateman, writer of “Teenage Kicks - The Punk Musical”, said: “Music and punk rock have always been very important to me so to put those two things together and write ‘Teenage Kicks’ is really exciting.

“‘Teenage Kicks’ is much more than just the music of The Undertones and other punk bands. It is about all the things that matter to teenagers, no matter what era they grew up in.

“It will have something for everyone to relate to whether they grew up in the 70s or are much younger and don’t know the music, though they soon will!

“To work on this project with the Millennium Forum, the Nerve Centre, thanks to National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, has been a teenage dream come true.”

Jackie O’ Sullivan, from the National Lottery, added: “The National Lottery, through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Big Lottery Fund, has invested more than £2 million in productions and projects related to Derry’s year as UK City of Culture.

“We hope all of these will not only provide entertainment and enjoyment but engagement and education, too, and will work towards leaving a lasting legacy.

“‘Teenage Kicks’ promises to be hard to beat as one of the highlights of the Culture year.”