American Idiot

Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre – until August 25th
3 Stars (3 / 5)

The nihilism of modern life set to the raucous Punk Rock backing track of Green Day’s American Idiot and 20th Century Breakdown hit albums. These enthusiastic youngsters suffer the void of meaninglessness, poor mental health, drugs, illicit sex, single parenthood and the War on Terror.

The characters are a little uni-dimensional and the plot a little hard to follow, but the atmosphere is palpable. Die Hard fans of the band will delight to the hard hitting tunes and unmistakable hits American Idiot, Holiday and Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The best musical moments involve several part harmonies with the eerie backing vocalists cooing the heroes on. Heather gives the crowning solo vocal performance of the show early on in Dearly Beloved