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Published on May 12th, 2014

A new production of Jeff Noon’s play The Modernists sheds new light on this extremely well dressed youth movement, usually only remembered via the film Quadrophenia.

The Modernists, however, presents the true origins of the Mods in the late 50s North London, in a stylised and abstract presentation of young, working class men creating for themselves a meticulously aesthetic lifestyle. More than just a fashion trend, being a Modernist was almost a philosophy, a way of life: extremely individualistic and particular. Artistic Director and Producer Rikki Tarascas uses an explosion of words, live music, sharp suits, action sequences to create a meeting between Absolute Beginners and A Clockwork Orange.

Set in 1962, London based Mod band, The Now, are on the cusp of widespread popularity, but the Mod movement itself is also on the verge of becoming mainstream, creating tensions within the band – should they betray the Modernist code and ride the populist wave, or stay true to the creed they originally pinned their colours to? What happens when this incredibly personal way of life becomes nothing more than a commodity that can be bought off a shelf?

The Modernists runs at The Komedia, Brighton, from Wednesday 18th-Sunday 22nd June. Tickets 0845 293 840 or komediabrighton.com

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