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In rehearsal: American Idiot

First Published 6 July 2015, Last Updated 6 July 2015

Don’t wanna be an American Idiot? No, neither do I. Not that I have anything against Americans – let me make that absolutely clear from the get go – but I’m reticent about the draws of being an idiot.

So I’ve been educating myself about all things Green Day in an attempt to deflect having such an accusation levelled at me, especially so close to 4 July.

First stop American Idiot, the musical adaptation of the US rock band’s chart-topping album of the same name.

Most importantly, what’s it about? It’s the story of a trio of childhood friends trying to find meaning in a post 9/11 world. Got it.

Who’s starring in it? Amelia Lily, X Factor 2011’s comeback kid who got eliminated in week one before returning to the competition when Frankie Cocozza – Remember him? No, me neither. Does that make me an idiot? – was expelled for breaking competition rules.

Also Aaron Sidwell, formerly of EastEnders and Loserville, and Steve Rushton, who used to be in band Son Of Dork, the band whose album Welcome To Loserville inspired the musical in which Sidwell starred. That knowledge is distinctly counter-idiot, no?

What more can I do to secure impunity from those dunce accusations? Take a look at photographs from the rehearsal room of course. They’ll give me even more knowledge about the show coming to the Arts Theatre from 17 July. You can too and we can all happily scoff at anyone who claims we don’t know enough about this particular show.

American Idiot is one of many shows taking part in Kids Week 2015, our initiative offering a free child’s ticket with every adult ticket purchased to performances taking place in August. For more information and to book, visit the Kids Week website.

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