Tracey-Thorn

Tracey Thorn

Stuck in Suburbia: What Happened to the Teenage Dream?

Festival of Ideas/
Tue 12 February 2019
19:00-20:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

Tracey Thorn

Stuck in Suburbia: What Happened to the Teenage Dream?

Tracey-Thorn
Tue 12 February 2019,
19:00-20:00
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn’s teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.

She was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations, and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.

More than three decades later, Thorn takes us back to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it.

We are delighted to welcome Thorn back to the Festival of Ideas as, with her trademark wit and insight, she reconsiders the greenbelt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and from which so many artists have come.

Image credit: Edward Bishop

 

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Online booking for this event opens at 10:00 on 3 December 2018. Book online or purchase tickets in person at St George’s Box Office or on Tel: 0845 40 24 001 Mon – Fri 09:00-18:00. Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. Free carer tickets are available for each paying ticket holder who requires someone to assist them with their visit. The £4.50 Partner Rate is for staff, students or members at the following organisations: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

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