The year is 1956. Paula is an affluent teenage girl who leads a double life. By day she is a straight-A student, but by night she is criminal gang-leader with a flagrant disregard for upstanding moral values. Paula and her gang of teenage girls do the unthinkable: They drive fast cars. They dress like boys. They rob gas stations. They live for the thrill of crime. And they sing! Their taste for danger has no bounds: cross dressing, carjacking, and assault fails to satisfy her crime lust. Even making out with boys at a pajama party doesn’t help! When a local crime boss hires Paula’s gang to vandalise their high school on behalf of a foreign interest (“Don’t worry if a few flags get destroyed” she says), the result is deadly. Using an Ed Wood-penned exploitation classic and mashing it up with 2018 sensibilities, The Violent Years (1956) is a queer cult cinema garage rock concert you won’t soon forget.
With song and dance numbers blending 1950s rockabilly with 2018 indie art rock, The Violent Years (1956) is an artistic inheritor to camp pieces Reefer Madness the Musical and Psycho Beach Party. It’s also a smorgasbord of exploitation film plot tropes. Directed by Rachel Kerry and designed by Brianna Russell, The Violent Years (1956) uses dark comedy, camp, and rockabilly music to explore gender panic, self-destruction, and the hunger for anarchy.
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