Bunny, Underbelly

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The Independent Culture

Jack Thorne confirms his position as a powerful voice for Britain's youth with this new one-girl play. The Skins writer, whose new four-parter with Shane Meadows, This is England '86, starts on Channel 4 next month, tackles modern multicultural society in Bunny with spirit and wit.

Nabokov's stripped-back production plays against a backdrop of illustrations of Luton. Our guide is Katie, a lippy 18-year-old whose posturing hides a softer soul. Her boyfriend Abe, a black 24-year-old factory worker, has a scuffle outside a corner shop which rapidly escalates into something more significant.

Thorne's play is concerned with the state of the nation – factories are closing, estates are becoming ghettoes, racial tensions are simmering – but it's also a coming-of-age fable. Behind the bragging, Katie is a frightened young girl worrying about her UCAS form. Rosie Wyatt nicely captures this tension.

Bunny has the feel of a not-quite-finished thought, but Thorne's writing is fresh and compelling.

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